A lawyer for conspiracy theorist and Infowars founder Alex Jones was been suspended from practicing law for six months, ABC News reports.
According to Judge Barbara Bellis, who is overseeing Sandy Hook families’ lawsuit against Jones for suggesting the 2012 mass shooting that killed their children was a hoax, lawyer Norm Pattis violated her order to protect the families’ sensitive information, calling his actions an “abject failure” and “inexcusable.”
Pattus improperly gave other attorneys for Jones confidential documents, including the medical records of relatives of victims.
“We cannot expect our system of justice or our attorneys to be perfect, but we can expect fundamental fairness and decency,” the judge wrote. “There was no fairness or decency in the treatment of the plaintiffs’ most sensitive and personal information, and no excuse for the respondent’s (Pattis’) misconduct.”
From ABC News:
During a hearing in August over possible discipline for the records release, Pattis invoked his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination and refused to answer questions. In a court filing, he said there was no proof he violated any conduct rules and called the records release an “innocent mistake.”
A spokesperson for lawyers for the Sandy Hook families said they were not commenting on Pattis’ suspension.
Pattis is currently representing one of several members of the Proud Boys extremist group charged criminally in connection with the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection at the U.S. Capitol in a trial in Washington that is underway. It wasn’t immediately clear how the suspension would affect the case. Pattis said he has notified the judge in Washington of the discipline.
Read the full report over at ABC News.