Judge in Sandy Hook conspiracy lawsuits reports threats

Judge in Sandy Hook conspiracy lawsuits reports threats
Alex Jones, the right-wing conspiracy theorist, walks the corridors of Capitol Hill, talking to reporters, after listening to Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee on 'Foreign Influence Operations and Their Use of Social Media Platforms' on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut judge overseeing lawsuits by families of Sandy Hook shooting victims against conspiracy theorist Alex Jones says she has been threatened by people posting on Jones’ Infowars website.

Judge Barbara Bellis wrote in a court filing Friday that the FBI contacted Connecticut State Police about the threats, and that state police notified her. Bellis did not release details.

Twenty first-graders and six educators were killed in the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown.

Eight victims' families and an FBI agent who responded to the shooting are suing Jones for defamation over comments made on his show about the shooting being a hoax.

A lawyer for Jones says that the threats don’t appear to be serious, but that a review of the website was being conducted.

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