Alex Jones’ Personal Assets Will Be Sold to Pay Sandy Hook Families, Federal Judge Rules

Jack Phillips
By Jack Phillips
June 14, 2024US News
Alex Jones’ Personal Assets Will Be Sold to Pay Sandy Hook Families, Federal Judge Rules
Alex Jones takes the witness stand to testify at a trial at Connecticut Superior Court in Waterbury, Conn., on Sept. 22, 2022. (Tyler Sizemore/Hearst Connecticut Media via AP, Pool)

A federal judge on Friday ordered the liquidation of political commentator Alex Jones’ personal assets to pay families of the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.

U.S. District Judge Christopher Lopez is still deciding on a separate bankruptcy case involving Mr. Jones’s company, leaving the future of the InfoWars platform in doubt.

The judge approved converting Mr. Jones’s proposed personal bankruptcy reorganization to a liquidation. He planned to hear testimony on whether his company, Austin, Texas-based Free Speech Systems, also should be liquidated. Free Speech Systems is Infowars’ parent company.

The ruling Friday means many of Mr. Jones’s personal assets will be sold off. But his primary home in the Austin area and some other belongings are exempt from bankruptcy liquidation. He already has moved to sell his Texas ranch worth about $2.8 million, a gun collection, and other assets to help pay debts.

Mr. Jones and Free Speech Systems filed for bankruptcy protection in 2022 after relatives of many victims of the 2012 school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, won lawsuit judgments of more than $1.4 billion in Connecticut and $49 million in Texas against Mr. Jones and his company.

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Ahead of the ruling, the InfoWars host has been telling his viewers that his company is on the verge of being closed down due to bankruptcy.

“I think it’s very accurate to say Infowars is a sinking ship,” Mr. Jones said on his show Wednesday, ahead of the judge’s ruling. He added that the site will “live on through all the great work we’ve done, all the reports we’ve filed, through you saving them and you sharing them, and of course I will come back stronger than ever.”

And before the judge’s ruling on Friday, he told reporters at the courthouse that it’s “probably the end of Infowars here very, very soon” but is the “beginning of my fight against tyranny.”

In a Friday social media post, Mr. Jones responded to reports that the Sandy Hook families are aiming to file a lawsuit to seize his social media accounts by saying that the accounts are his “personal thing.”

“I didn’t kill those kids,” he said, referring to the mass shooting in which shooter Adam Lanza gunned down more than two dozen people. “I barely ever talked about them, I covered the internet questioning the shooting,” he said, adding, “Now they are literally trying to take over my social media.”

Earlier this month, Mr. Jones had said during multiple live streaming events that InfoWars would be taken down in the near future, coming ahead of the judge’s ruling.

“I’m out of bullets,” he said during a live stream. “I’m out of money, and my dad’s out of money, and he would help me,” Mr. Jones said. “I’m out of options, and that’s where we are.”


The families of a number of Sandy Hook shooting victims had sued Mr. Jones and won the Texas and Connecticut trial, arguing that they were traumatized by his remarks on his platform and by claims made by his viewers. They said during the two trials that they were harassed and targeted by his followers, who said that the shooting never occurred.

Mr. Jones has denied he should pay the families, although he testified in court in 2022 that he believes that his comments about the shooting were “absolutely irresponsible” and said the shooting was real. He also has argued that the lawsuit against him was an attempt to silence him and violated his constitutional rights.

In previous court filings, lawyers for the Sandy Hook families have been seeking liquidation of Mr. Jones’ assets.  He has estimated that he has less than $12 million in assets, meaning that he will carry an enormous legal debt even after Infowars and his other assets are sold.

The Epoch Times has contacted Chris Mattei, an attorney for the families in the Connecticut case, for comment on Friday.

The Associated Press and Reuters contributed to this report.

From The Epoch Times