Alex Jones' lawyer faces disciplinary hearing in Connecticut

HARTFORD, Connecticut (AP) -- An attorney for conspiracy theorist Alex Jones is examined by a Connecticut judge who began hearing testimony Wednesday about whether the attorney should be disciplined for giving other attorneys for Jones highly sensitive documents, including medical records of relatives, gave victims of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
Attorney Norman Pattis is representing Jones in a defamation lawsuit brought by the Sandy Hook families against Jones for calling the 2012 Newtown, Connecticut, shooting a fraud. Twenty first graders and six teachers were killed.
The Connecticut trial is separate from a Texas trial that ended earlier this month with a jury awarding more than $49 million to the parents of one of the children killed. There is also a second lawsuit filed against Jones in Texas by Sandy Hook families over the hoax claims.
Pattis, who did not testify Wednesday, has denied violating Judge Barbara Bellis' order not to disclose confidential documents to unauthorized persons in the case. Pattis said he was "confident in our defense" in a brief reply to an email asking for 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 disclosure order. After a few hours of testimony before Bellis in Waterbury, Connecticut, the hearing resumed next week.
Jury selection before Bellis is scheduled to continue Thursday to consider how much in damages Jones should pay the families. Bellis found him liable for damages last November.
According to court documents, last month Pattis sent a large number of records from the Connecticut defamation case to the attorney representing Jones in Texas in similar lawsuits brought by Sandy Hook's parents over the joke claims, as well as in a bankruptcy filing for one of Jones' companies.
It has not been made clear which documents Pattis allegedly sent. But from what appears to be court documents, attorney comments and the Texas lawsuit, they appear to have included confidential medical records from some of the Sandy Hook victims' relatives, as well as texts from Jones' cell phone.
Jones' Texas attorneys mistakenly sent texts from the past two years from Jones' cell phone to an attorney for a Sandy Hook family. In the recently closed Texas case, Jones had said he had no lyrics on Sandy Hook. Legal experts say the episode could expose Jones to a possible perjury charge.

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