Alex Jones’ attorney avoids discipline by releasing records

WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut judge on Tuesday ruled that a Texas attorney for conspiracy theorist Alex Jones engaged in misconduct but will not be disciplined for improper conduct. the disclosure of confidential medical records of families of Sandy Hook student victims.

Attorney Andino Reynal, based in Houston, failed to protect sensitive information and failed to take reasonable steps after discovering the improper disclosure, Judge Barbara Bellis wrote in her decision.

Reynal did not immediately return a phone message seeking comment Tuesday.

Attorneys for the Sandy Hook families provided the medical records to Jones’ Connecticut attorney, Norm Pattis, as part of a settlement of the family’s lawsuit against Jones for calling the school shooting a hoax. The case went to trial in Connecticut in September and resulted in Jones being ordered to pay more than $1.4 billion in damages to families.

Pattis was suspended for six months by Bellis earlier this month because of the disclosure of documents to other lawyers, including Reynal, who were not authorized to receive them. The documents have not been made public.

Reynal represented Jones in another lawsuit in Texas, where Jones was ordered to pay almost $50 million to the parents of one of the Sandy Hook children killed for repeatedly saying on his Infowars show that the shooting never happened. Jones said he is appealing both cases.

Pattis’ office released the confidential documents to Jones’ Texas bankruptcy attorney, Kyung Lee. Lee later gave the documents to Reynal, who gave them to the Sandy Hook family’s attorney at the Texas court.

Reynal said in court records that the misrepresentation was accidental, and that he did not know the hard drive records he obtained from Lee were subject to a confidential order.

The appeals court suspended Pattis’ suspension of his law license pending a hearing on his appeal.

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