The attorney representing right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones said he loves the First Amendment and will represent individuals of any political stripe—even if there is blowback—if it means fighting for that amendment.
“The First Amendment is the wellspring of all of our rights.” Marc Randazza told the Connecticut Law Tribune Thursday. “You do not have other rights without the First Amendment.”
It is with a clear conscious, Randazza said, that he decided to take the case of Jones, who has made public statements on his popular radio show questioning whether the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School ever took place.
Jones, who is now the defendant in several defamation lawsuits filed by family members, is being represented by Randazza in the two cases filed in Connecticut on behalf of seven Sandy Hook victims. The most recent lawsuit was filed Monday.
Randazza’s Randazza Legal Group is headquartered in Las Vegas and Gloucester, Massachusetts. It has offices in Hartford, Miami and San Francisco.
The attorney is widely known for representing people from all backgrounds, including some with far-leaning political views. In addition to Jones, he represents Andrew Anglin, a founder of the neo-Nazi Daily Stormer website being sued by a Montana woman for alleged anti-Semitic threats.
But Randazza also notes his work for litigants on the other end of the political spectrum, including the left-leaning American Muslim Political Action Committee. He said he leans left politically, and whether or not he agrees with Jones’ views, the attorney said he believes that standing up for the First Amendment is a noble calling. He said he takes on every case with a fierce determination to uphold the right of citizens to say unpopular things.
“I don’t have a social litmus test or a political litmus test,” Randazza said. “The only litmus test is the First Amendment.”
Randazza said he appeared on Jones’ InfoWars radio show three times in the past 18 months to talk solely about the First Amendment. He declined to discuss specific statements on Sandy Hook attributed to his client.
“We have a reasonably strong First Amendment defense here,” Randazza said. “A lot of people think that Alex Jones said certain things, but they’ve only heard thirdhand about those comments. We will be exploring the facts, as well as raising our First Amendment defense.”
The latest lawsuit against Jones, filed by Bridgeport-based Koskoff Koskoff & Bieder on behalf of William Sherlach, states that Jones, his companies and associates have led a campaign of lies alleging that the Sandy Hook school shooting was a hoax and government conspiracy.
Sherlach’s wife, Mary, was a school psychologist killed in the December 2012 massacre by shooter Adam Lanza, who used an AR-15 rifle to kill 26 people, including 20 children, at the school.
Jones seemed to recently soften his rhetoric, with his attorney suggesting he acknowledges the shooting took place. Asked whether Jones has ever denied that Sandy Hook occurred, Randazza declined to directly answer, saying, “He has confirmed multiple times that this event did happen.”
Three attorneys from Koskoff Koskoff & Bieder represent the families: Bill Bloss, Josh Koskoff and Matt Blumenthal. All three declined to comment Thursday.
The latest lawsuit says Jones uses conspiracy theories to draw a large audience of listeners. The lawsuit also accuses him of promoting “PizzaGate,” which alleged Democratic operatives were running a child-sex ring out of a Washington, D.C., eatery. There are also multiple lawsuits filed in Texas—Jones’ home base—by Sandy Hook families against the radio host. Randazza is not representing him in those cases.
Randazza said he took the Connecticut cases without hesitation after Jones approached him.
“If you are a First Amendment lawyer and you hesitate in defending someone because of allegations of what they said, then you are not a First Amendment lawyer,” the 48-year-old Massachusetts native and former news reporter said.
Randazza said he didn’t hesitate either to represent Anglin, but wanted to make sure Jay Wolman, one of his law partners, was comfortable with the representation.
“The only reluctance I had in taking the case is that Jay, my partner, is not only Jewish but is an observant Jew. I did not want to take the case without his blessing. His response was ‘Why would my commitment to the First Amendment be any less than yours?’ I agreed with him and admired him for that.”
If a neo-Nazi such as Anglin does not have the freedoms provided by the First Amendment, Randazza emphasized, “then none of us do.”
An attorney for 16 years, Randazza is admitted in five states. He is acting pro hac vice in the Jones litigation because he is not licensed to practice in Connecticut. His partner, Wolman, though is a Connecticut attorney.
Randazza’s practice areas include intellectual property law, internet law, domain name law, civil rights law, adult entertainment business law, and gaming and gambling law. But, Randazza said, about 85 percent of his practice involves First Amendment cases.
“I was dead last in my class at law school,” he said, “I was not paying attention and I was told that you could not make a viable business out of being a First Amendment lawyer. I proved them wrong.”