Alex Jones’ attorney faces disciplinary hearing in Connecticut

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – A lawyer for conspiracy theorist Alex Jones is under scrutiny by a Connecticut judge, who began hearing testimony on Wednesday about whether the attorney should be disciplined for giving other Jones attorneys highly sensitive documents, including medical records of relatives of victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.

Attorney Norman Pattis is representing Jones in a libel lawsuit brought by the Sandy Hook families against Jones for calling the 2012 shooting in Newtown, Connecticut a hoax. Twenty first-graders and six educators were killed.

The Connecticut trial is separate from a trial in Texas that ended earlier this month with a jury award more than $49 million to the parents of one of the children killed. There is also a second lawsuit against Jones in Texas by the Sandy Hook families for the hoax allegations.

Pattis, who did not testify on Wednesday, denied violating Judge Barbara Bellis’ order in the case not to release confidential documents to unauthorized persons. Pattis said he was “confident in our defence” in a brief response to an email seeking comment on Wednesday.

An attorney for the Sandy Hook families, Christopher Mattei, testified Wednesday that Pattis sent him a text in which Pattis said he may have violated the document release order. After a few hours of testimony before Bellis in Waterbury, Connecticut, the hearing continued until next week.

Jury selection before Bellis resumes Thursday for a trial on how much damages Jones should pay the families. Bellis found it liable for damages last November.

According to court documents, Pattis sent a large number of filings from the Connecticut libel case over the past month to the attorney representing Jones in Texas in the similar hoax lawsuits filed by Sandy Hook’s parents, as well that a bankruptcy filing for one of Jones’ companies.

It was not specified which documents Pattis allegedly sent. But based on what is apparent from court documents, attorneys’ comments, and the trial in Texas, they appear to have included confidential medical records of some of the Sandy Hook victims’ relatives as well as text messages from Jones’ cellphone.

Jones’ lawyers in Texas sent by mistake Jones’s last two years’ worth of cellphone texts a lawyer for a Sandy Hook family. In the recently concluded Texas case, Jones said he had no text on Sandy Hook. Legal experts say this episode could open Jones up to a possible perjury charge.

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