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Alex Jones Confronted With Damning Sandy Hook Texts After His Lawyers ‘Messed Up’


Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones had his personal damning textual content messages learn again to him throughout testimony Wednesday in a trial that may decide how a lot cash he should pay to 2 Sandy Hook dad and mom he smeared for years.

During a cross-examination of Jones in an Austin, Texas, courtroom, lawyer Mark Bankston accused the Infowars host of mendacity to the court docket when he claimed in a deposition he had turned over all Sandy Hook-related paperwork and textual content messages as a part of discovery within the defamation case.

Jones didn’t depend on one factor: his personal lawyer delivering the products to the plaintiffs’ attorneys on a silver platter.

“Did you know 12 days ago your attorneys messed up and sent me an entire digital copy of your entire cellphone, with every text message you’ve sent for the past two years?” Bankston requested Jones on the stand. “And when informed did not take any steps to identify those texts as privileged?”

Bankston then revealed to the court docket ― together with Jones and his lawyer Andino Reynal ― that Jones had a textual content from 2020 mentioning the 2012 faculty capturing that left 20 youngsters and 6 adults useless.

The dialog was between Infowars editor Paul Joseph Watson and Jones. Watson, who had beforehand warned Jones about spreading the lie that nobody died within the Sandy Hook capturing, texted Jones to warn him in opposition to pushing one other lie: that the coronavirus pandemic sweeping the world in 2020 was faux.

Watson despatched Jones an April 2020 Infowars story with the headline: “STAGED? VIDEO SHOWS HOSPITAL USING DUMMIES IN ER FOR CORONAVIRUS FOOTAGE.”

“This is a video of a medical student training to intubate,” Watson mentioned in his textual content to Jones. “This makes us look ridiculous suggesting COVID is fake. Sandy Hook all over again.”

Jones replied: “I get it.”

The cellphone revelation led to a tense alternate in court docket. At first, Jones protested that he had merely handed off the cellphone to his lawyer.

But Bankston persevered: “You said in your deposition you searched your phone. You said you pulled down the text, did the search function for ‘Sandy Hook.’ That’s what you said, Mr. Jones, correct?”

Jones tried to deflect by saying he had “several different phones with this number.” The alternate continued:

Bankston: “In discovery, you were asked, ‘Do you have Sandy Hook text messages on your phone?’ and you said no, correct? You said that under oath, Mr. Jones, didn’t you?”

Jones: “If I was mistaken, I was mistaken. You’ve got the text messages right there.”

Bankston: “You know what perjury is, right?”

Bankston additionally introduced up emails Jones had despatched to his employees discussing enterprise operations after Jones had testified in a deposition that he didn’t use electronic mail, so couldn’t produce any in discovery.

Another textual content revealed Wednesday additional undermined Jones’ declare that Infowars is just too broke to pay damages. In the message retrieved from Jones’ cellphone, an worker at Infowars advised Jones they’d made “$70k gross profit” on one significantly profitable day of gross sales. Bankston added that some days, Infowars made $800,000.

Jones grumbled in regards to the revelations, saying “this is ridiculous” earlier than claiming Bankston was “cherry-picking” his worthwhile days.

During a brief recess, Jones’ lawyer, Reynal, requested Bankston simply how a lot materials he’d gotten off his consumer’s cellphone. Bankston mentioned it was a major quantity.

Reynal has been routinely admonished by Judge Maya Guerra Gamble over the course of the trial for not following primary process and fascinating in disrespectful habits. Last Wednesday, for example, Reynal was seen giving a center finger to Bankston on the finish of proceedings after Gamble left. He apologized to the court docket that Thursday however was reprimanded once more later that day for claiming he didn’t know his shoppers couldn’t focus on the case outdoors of court docket.

“Because you’re just a brand-new lawyer, right?” Gamble mentioned on the time. “Enough with the ‘Aw, shucks, I don’t know the rules of the court.’”

On Monday, Bankston advised the court docket that Reynal was trying to “sabotage” the trial.

“He has routinely, every single day of this trial, broken rules that a first-year lawyer knows,” Bankston advised Gamble. “He has routinely placed inadmissible material in front of the jury. It is from our perspective at this table that Mr. Reynal is actively trying for a mistrial, and obviously we don’t want that to happen.”

Lawyers for fogeys Neil Heslin and Scarlett Lewis are in search of $150 million in damages. The court docket beforehand entered a default judgment in opposition to Jones for failing to supply court-ordered paperwork.


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