total damage of nearly $50 million was significantly less than $150 million. in the losses sought by Neil Heslin and Scarlett Lewis.
Jones faces two more Sandy Hook damage tests later in this year: One for parents of 6-year-old boy in Austin court and another for eight families in Connecticut.
Heslin and Lewis testified that Jones’ constant push of false claims the shooting was a hoax or staged made in last decade of “living hell” of death threats, online mistreatment and ruthless trauma inflicted by Jones and his followers.
After years of false hoax, Jones admitted under oath that the shooting was “100% real” and even shook hands with in parents.
But pompous version of Jones has always been hiding under the surface – or even on full display away from the courthouse.
During the break on in first the day he spent impromptu news conference just a few feet from the courtroom doors, announcing the hearing as a “kangaroo court” and “show trial” fight for freedom of speech under the First Amendment. On the first the day he arrived at the courthouse with “Save 1st” written on silver ribbon over his mouth.
When he came to the courthouse, there was always with security of three or four guards. Jones, who did not have in court for verdict, often missed readings to appear on his daily information wars program where to attack on the judge and jury continued. During one showJones said the jury was taken from group of people who “not know what planet are they on live on”.
This clip was shown to the jury. So was a snapshot from his Infowars website showing how Judge Maya Guerra Gamble is engulfed in flame. She laughed.
Jones was just a little less belligerent in court. He was the only witness to testify in his defense. Gamble warned Jones’ lawyers before it even started that if he tried to turn it into a performance, she would clear courtroom and shut down live streaming of the trial world.
When Jones arrived for In Lewis’ deposition, Gamble asked if he chewed gum, which is a violation. of strict rule in her courtroom. She scolded his lawyer Andino Reynal several times. times already.
This led to a sharp exchange of views. Jones said he didn’t chew gum. Gamble said she can see his mouth moving. Jones opened wide and leaned over over in defense table to show her break in his mouth where he had a tooth removed. Jones insisted he was only massaging the hole with his language.
“Not show me,” the judge said.
Some lawyers said they were surprised by Jones’ actions. behavior and asked if it was calculated risk increase its attractiveness fans.
“This is the strangest behavior I have ever seen a trial,” said Barry Covert, a First Amendment attorney from Buffalo, New York. “In my opinion, Jones money- creating a juggernaut – crazy like fox, said Covert. “The bigger the show, the better.”
Kevin Goldberg, First Amendment scholar at the Freedom Forum in Maryland, said he found it hard imagine what Jones might have thought and what use he might have made of his behavior.
“I don’t know what is this designed achieve anything other than being on brand for Alex Jones,” Goldberg said. “It seems to be a man who It has built his brand… on disrespect for institutions of government … and this judgment.”
Defendants in court are often given some leeway because there is so much at stake… prison in criminal cases and, in Jones civil trial, potential financial devastation. Monetary sanctions or even post- charge of contempt of court also Possibility.
Gamble should have been careful how she handled it all, Covert said.
“Strange Jones behavior appoints a judge in very difficult boxCovert said. “She’s not want point a finger on Scales of justice”.
Jones omitted Heslin’s testimony when he described for the jury is holding it dead son in his hands with “bullet hole in his head”.
Heslin said he wanted confront Jones face-to-face and called his absence that day “cowardly”. Jones was instead appearance on his daily broadcast.
Jones was in room when Lewis took stand, sitting just 10 feet (3 meters) away from her when she looked directly on him.
“My son existed. I’m not a Deep State, she said. of conspiracy theory of dark network of federal employees, governors government.
“I know you know it,” Lewis said.
When Lewis asked Jones if he thought she was an actress, Jones replied “No”, but he was cut. off by gamble, who scolded him for Speaking out of turn.
In the end of That day Jones and parents shook hands. Lewis even gave Jones a sip of water in help soothe an incessant cough, according to Jones, caused due to rupture of the larynx. Her attorney, Wesley Ball, stepped forward quickly. in break it down up.
“No,” Ball snapped at Jones, “you don’t do that.”
Jones was the only witness in his defense. His testimony prompted rules of court so often that the plaintiffs openly questioned whether Jones and his lawyers were trying to sabotage the trial and force misjudgment. They filed a petition for sanctions against them after Jones claimed he was bankrupt, which lawyers and off limits in indications.
AT one point, Jones seemed stunned when the family lawyers announced law team mistakenly sent them two years worth of data from his cell phone – massive data reset as they said should were produced in opening, but it wasn’t. They said this proves that he was receiving texts and emails about Sandy Hook and his media company finances that he did not pay over By the tribunal’s decision.
“This is your Perry Mason moment,” Jones snapped.
Plaintiff’s attorney Mark Bankston said on Thursday that the House committee investigating the January 6, 2021 U.S. Capitol uprising had requested these materials and what did he intend give it’s them.
January 6 Committee first subpoenaed Jones in November, demanding testimony and documents related to his efforts to spread misinformation about the 2020 election and rally. on day of in attack.
During the trial, Jones often spoke out of turn, and was shortened off when he turned on conspiracies since 9/11 terror attacks are staged with fake efforts of United Nations on world depopulation. He went on call doubt some of the biggest events and significant government institutions in American life.
“That,” the judge told him, “is none of your business.” show”.