Alex Jones Preemptively Seeks $100,000 In Court Costs From Sandy Hook Parents Suing Him For Defamation

The Daily Beast reports:

Infowars founder and conspiracy-theory aficionado Alex Jones is reportedly seeking more than $100,000 in court costs from a Sandy Hook family suing him for defamation. A hearing will begin Wednesday in the lawsuit filed by Veronique De La Rosa and Leonard Pozner, a couple who lost their 6-year-old son in the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting in December 2012.

In court filings submitted ahead of trial this week, Jones and his lawyers argue the Pozner family’s lawsuit aims “to silence those who openly oppose their very public ‘herculean’ efforts to ban the sale of certain weapons, ammunition, and accessories, to pass new laws relating to gun registration and to limit free speech.”

The New York Times reports:

In the five years since Noah Pozner was killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., death threats and online harassment have forced his parents, Veronique De La Rosa and Leonard Pozner, to relocate seven times. They now live in a high-security community hundreds of miles from where their 6-year-old is buried.

“I would love to go see my son’s grave and I don’t get to do that, but we made the right decision,” Ms. De La Rosa said in a recent interview. Each time they have moved, online fabulists stalking the family have published their whereabouts. “With the speed of light,” she said. “They have their own community, and they have the ear of some very powerful people.”

The day after the Pozner case, in the same courthouse, is a hearing in a separate defamation case against Mr. Jones brought by Marcel Fontaine, who was falsely identified on Infowars’ website as the gunman in the Parkland, Fla., school shooting in February. Mr. Fontaine, who lives in Massachusetts, has never visited Florida.