Alex Jones trial latest: Sandy Hook lawyers reveal Infowars hosts’ texts in court after defence blunder

Sandy Hook mother confronts Alex Jones in court

InfoWars founder and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones is testifying to defend himself against claims that he must pay the parents of an elementary school child killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook shooting for claiming that the massacre was a hoax.

Jones is on trial in Austin, Texas to decide how much he has to pay for propagating the fallacies concerning the school shooting that took the lives of 20 children and six adult employees at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, according to Reuters.

Neil Heslin and Scarlett Lewis, the parents of Jesse Lewis, who was six years old when he was killed in the 2012 massacre, are seeking damages of up to $150m from the radio and web show host as well as from his company – Free Speech Systems LLC. They both spoke in court on Tuesday.

While Mr Heslin testified, Mr Jones continued to defame him live on his show. Ms Lewis said she was grateful to be able to look him in the eye while she was on the stand. In a tense moment at the end of the day, the judge reprimanded Jones and reminded him he is under oath.

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Jones’ attorney mistakenly sent two years of his text messages to Sandy Hook family’s lawyer

Alex Jones’ attorney accidentally sent two years of his text messages to the lawyer representing the parents of a child killed in the Sandy Hook school shooting, a court has been told.

Mark Bankston, representing Neil Heslin and Scarlett Lewis in their defamation trial against Jones, made the stunning claim during cross-examination of the Infowars founder on Wednesday.

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Jones is asked whether he is aware that the jury is not being improperly influenced in any way.

“I don’t think that you are operatives or part of a false flag. I don’t think you’re bad people, I think you’re good people.”

Asked if he feels he’s getting a fair trial, he answers that he is barred from saying. Judge Gamble asks him to answer succinctly but is cut off when he describes himself as guilty.

The court breaks for lunch and with both sides resting, it is likely the case will move on to closing arguments this argument.

Alternate jurors will be released before the jury is sent out to deliberate.

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Jones is asked about his comments about the jury being “blue collar”.

He says he defines blue-collar people as working men and women who keep their heads down and keep the world running and generally are not paying attention to politics.

Asked why he thought the jury was blue-collar, he begins to answer but is cut off by the judge who doesn’t think it is a good question.

On appropriate compensation, he says anything over $2m will sink the company, but he is reminded by the judge that the question is about the appropriateness and not him and his ability to pay. He says it should be whatever they think.

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The jury has returned and their written questions are being asked to Jones.

Asked why he believed Sandy Hook was a conspiracy, Jones responds that he has seen so many other things in history that had been staged or completely made up. He concedes that he did use to gove overboard and believe everything was staged but claims to have been through a learning process.

In another question, he is asked about what he is going to change in terms of the way he presents news and comments. He says that he is not like the corporate media that “lies on purpose” but he hopes to be a more positive force when it comes to issues such as mass shootings. Jones also says he will take personal responsibility for employees’ actions at work. He also says he would like to invite plaintiff Scarlett Lewis on his show.

Asked if he felt that because Sandy Hook coverage was such a small percentage of the coverage aired by Infowars there should be less of a punishment, he says that no, even people who do things by accident should be held accountable and he did not consciously set out to do what he is accused of.

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Jones has now finished on the stand but, as with other witnesses, the jury will return with written questions.

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More messages from Jones’ phone relating to his business of selling prepackaged food show that he makes more than the 20-40 per cent profit he claims. For $110k of sales, he receives $70k of gross profit.

This translates two $100k to $200k per day and as much as $800k on a good day.

Jones says Mr Bankston is cherry-picking figures.

The purpose of this line of questioning is to establish that Jones’ claims of bankruptcy are not valid and that even after being deplatformed he continues to make money from such ventures.

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There is now a back-and-forth regarding whether Jones uses email or whether, as he claims, he dictates emails to an assistant.

Jones testified he doesn’t use email, so couldn’t provide them for discovery.

Mr Bankston confronts Jones with his own emails: “You’d agree these are emails you sent to your lawyers your staff and others concerning your business operations, Sandy Hook, other topics requested in this suit?”

Jones is not happy and calls the situation “ridiculous”.

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Revealing how the plaintiffs’ team came to be in possession of unredacted texts from Jones’ phone, Mr Bankston reveals that Jones’ own legal team accidentally gave them without marking any of them as privileged.

Jones had previously said that he had searched his phone for references to Sandy Hook and found none.

He is asked if he knows what perjury is.

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Jones appears increasingly flustered by the amount of evidence being introduced that directly counters what he has said in earlier testimony.

He is reminded of claims he made that Sandy Hook was not a functioning school in 2017. He admits he thinks he remembers that.

In text messages from Jones’ phone, a false news report about Covid is discussed and said to look ridiculous: “Sandy Hook all over again.”

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Circling back to Sandy Hook, Mr Bankston brings up a December 2015 email that reads: “This Sandy Hook stuff is killing us.”

This counters earlier testimony that Jones says he stopped the coverage in July that year,

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