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Judge in Sandy Hook conspiracy lawsuits reports threats

June 21, 2019
FILE--In this Sept. 5, 2018 file photo, Alex Jones speaks to reporters in Washington. Lawyers in Connecticut, on Monday, June 17, 2019, allege conspiracy theorist Alex Jones sent them electronic files containing child pornography as part of a defamation lawsuit against the Infowars host by relatives of some victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. The families of eight victims of the 2012 shooting in Newtown, Conn. and an FBI agent who responded to the massacre are suing Jones, Infowars and others for promoting a theory that the shooting was a hoax. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)
FILE--In this Sept. 5, 2018 file photo, Alex Jones speaks to reporters in Washington. Lawyers in Connecticut, on Monday, June 17, 2019, allege conspiracy theorist Alex Jones sent them electronic files containing child pornography as part of a defamation lawsuit against the Infowars host by relatives of some victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. The families of eight victims of the 2012 shooting in Newtown, Conn. and an FBI agent who responded to the massacre are suing Jones, Infowars and others for promoting a theory that the shooting was a hoax. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)

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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