August 15, 2022
Alex Jones damages Sandy Hook texts after his lawyers ‘mess up’

Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones had hurtful text messages of his own, read back to him during testimony at a trial on Wednesday that would determine how much money he would have to give to the two Sandy Hook parents, whom he had for years. Smeared till.

During Jones’ cross-examination in an Austin, Texas, courtroom, attorney Mark Bankston accused the InfoWars host of lying in court when he claimed in a statement that he had collected all Sandy Hook-related documents and text as part of the search. Messages were changed. In case of defamation.

Jones didn’t count on one thing: his own lawyer was delivering goods on a silver platter to plaintiff’s lawyers.

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

Bankston then disclosed in court – along with Jones and his lawyer Andino Renal – that Jones had a 2020 text that referred to the 2012 school shooting that killed 20 children and six adults.

The conversation was between Infowars editor Paul Joseph Watson and Jones. Watson, who previously warned Jones about spreading the lie that no one died in the Sandy Hook shooting, texted Jones to warn against spreading another lie: that spread around the world in 2020. The coronavirus pandemic was fake.

Watson sent Jones an April 2020 InfoWars story with the headline: “Stage? The video shows a dummy being used for coronavirus footage in the hospital.”

“This is a video of a medical student training to intubate,” Watson said in his text to Jones. “It strikes us as ridiculous that COVID is fake. Sandy Hook again. ,

Jones replied: “I get it.”

The cellphone revelations led to a tense exchange in court. At first, Jones protested that he had only given the phone to his lawyer.

But Bankston added: “You said that in your statement” you Find your phone You said you Pulled the text down, the search for ‘Sandy Hook’ worked. that’s it you Said, Mr. Jones, right?”

Jones tried to divert attention by saying that he had “many different phones with this number.” The exchange continued:

Bankston: “In the search, you were asked, ‘Do you have Sandy Hook text messages on your phone?’ And you said no, right? You said that under oath, Mr. Jones, right?”

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

Bankston: “You know what perjury is, don’t you?”

Bankston also brought emails that Jones had sent to his employees discussing business operations when Jones testified in a statement that he had not used the email, so the search could not produce any.

Another text that surfaced Wednesday further undermined Jones’ claim that Infowars is too broken to pay damages. In a message obtained from Jones’ phone, an InfoWars employee told Jones that he had made “a $70k gross profit” on one particularly successful day of sales. Bankston said that in a matter of days, Infowars made $800,000.

Jones said of the revelations, “It’s ridiculous” before claiming that Bankston was “cherry-picking” his profitable days.

During a short break, Jones’ attorney, Renal, asked Bankston how much material he would get from his client’s phone. Bankston said it was a significant amount.

Renal is regularly warned by Judge Maya Guerra Gamble during the trial for not following basic procedure and engaging in abusive behavior. Last Wednesday, for example, Renal was seen give middle finger For Bankston at the end of the proceedings after Gamble left. He apologized to the court that Thursday, but was reprimanded later that day for claiming he did not know that his clients could not discuss the matter outside the court.

“Because you’re a brand new lawyer, right?” Gamble said at the time. “Just ‘Oh, shucks, I don’t know the court rules.'”

On Monday, Bankston told the court that Renal was attempting to “sabotage” testing.

“He regularly, every single day of this trial, broke the rules that a first-year attorney knows,” Bankston told Gamble. “They regularly put unacceptable material before the jury. It is from our point of view at this table that Mr. Renal is actively trying for Mistrial, and obviously we do not want that.”

Lawyers for parents Neil Heslin and Scarlett Lewis are seeking $150 million in damages. The court had previously filed a default judgment against Jones for failing to provide court-ordered documents.

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