It’s been a bad week for Alex Jones and even worse for his lawyers.
On Friday, US Bankruptcy Judge Christopher Lopez called an emergency hearing on Free Speech Systems (FSS), the parent company of Infowars, where Jones spews his bile by the millions every day. This is the second bankruptcy in the last five months for a Jones-related entity, after the shitty cartel declared three worthless shell companies bankrupt in an unsuccessful effort to stop defamation lawsuits brought by the families of the victims. of Sandy Hook. He has since “remembered” that FSS owed more than $60 million to a Nevada LLC called PQPR Holdings Limited LLC for supplies already supplied, forcing FSS to file for bankruptcy. Y Hey, wouldn’t you know?It turns out that PQPR is wholly owned by Alex Jones and his parents, David and Carol.
What are the odds!
Jones cried poor for years after being banned from major social media sites, even testifying on the stand during the first Sandy Hook lawsuit that any jury award above $2 million would ruin him financially. result, Not that much. In fact, FSS requested the emergency hearing on Friday because, after the trial, sales skyrocketed beyond the projected $600,000/week to between $800,000 and $900,000. Loyal Infowars customers have been sniffing those iodine pills like candy after watching Alex Jones get martyred for free speech, so now FSS needs more cash from the estate to pay their vendors, or, uh, “vendors.” “, according to the case.
The Sandy Hook plaintiffs oppose the sweepstakes increase based on the theory that the vendors are entities related to Jones, and therefore the court is being asked to put even more cash directly into Jones’s pocket. Aside from the obvious problems with PQPR, which has suddenly realized it must be paid up front, creditors take issue with Jones’ decision to outsource FSS gift sales fulfillment to a logistics company formed by his personal trainer approximately ten minutes prior to filing for bankruptcy.
And no, that’s not a joke. Patrick Reiley, owner of the newly formed logistics company Blue Ascension, testified that Jones hired him in 2016 “to help him and his father maintain good health and be a model of wellness.” Reiley’s responsibilities progressed to include “handling issues as they arose” and acting as a go-between for people who wanted to get in touch with Jones.
When shit was about to blow up with the damage suits, Jones came to Reiley with a business opportunity. How would Reiley like to hire Jones transportation employees to do the exact same job but for an outside entity? What if Jones invested the warehouse space and equipment rent-free?
“Sweeeeeeet, dude,” we imagine he replied, while making the hang ten sign. And that’s how FSS came to eliminate their shipping responsibilities for the books. Additionally, Jones handed over a personal check for $400,000 the day before Reiley testified. LOL!
In the event, Judge López granted the requested relief for a couple of weeks, but promised more supervision and a possible recovery.
Then on Monday, Jones got some bad news from US Bankruptcy Judge Julie Manning in Connecticut, who remanded the Connecticut plaintiffs’ Sandy Hook defamation lawsuit to state court. That means the big trial with more than a dozen plaintiffs may continue as scheduled next month against Jones alone.
“On multiple occasions, Plaintiffs have had to bring their claims in the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut, the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas, and this Court. During jury selection and just weeks before the trial begins in Connecticut Superior Court, Plaintiffs were involuntarily transferred to this Court,” the court wrote, pointing to years of delaying filings by Jones and his companies. “Plaintiffs’ claims are set to be tried in Connecticut Superior Court. If the return does not occur, the damage to the Plaintiffs far outweighs any possible damage to FSS.”
This was bad news for Jones’s longtime attorney, Norm Pattis, who tried to stop Connecticut Superior Court Judge Barbara Bellis from sanctioning him on the theory that she no longer had jurisdiction over the case. The court is investigating allegations that Pattis improperly transmitted the confidential medical records of the Connecticut plaintiffs to Alex Jones.
At the Texas trial, plaintiffs’ attorney Mark Bankston dramatically confronted Jones on the witness stand saying, “Did you know your lawyers made a mistake and sent me your entire cell phone text message history? 12 days ago?
In fact, Jones’ attorney in Texas, Andino Reynal, appears to have shared the entire contents of Jones’s phone with opposing counsel, and that’s how Bankston and everyone else involved discovered that the Connecticut plaintiffs’ medical and psychiatric records They were moving from one side to another.
Judge Barbara Bellis immediately summoned Pattis and Reynal to her courtroom to explain themselves. In a brief virtual hearing this morning, she gave Reynal the business, noting that this is the fourth time. in this case in which the court has met to consider the sanctions to the lawyers. The parties have been instructed to schedule evidentiary hearings before the trial begins in September.
Pattis’s part took place in person, but Connecticut Public Radio reporter Frankie Graziano reports that Pattis’s first character witness was the state’s former chief prosecutor, who was ousted three months ago in a hiring scandal. Which is pretty much what you’d expect from a lawyer who drops his pants and yells racial epithets for “comedy” or laughs as his client calls opposing counsel “a little white Jewish son of a bitch” on air.
The process will join with the Reynal hearing and will continue on August 25, as the evidence and the underlying act overlap.
Auspicious omens everywhere!
Bankruptcy of Free Speech Systems LLC [Docket via Court Listener]
liz dye lives in Baltimore where he writes on law and politics.