Alex Jones trial verdict update: Infowars host says Sandy Hook shooting was 100% real

Alex Jones lawyers accidentally sent his text messages to the prosecution

InfoWars founder and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones has finished testifying in the defamation damages trial against him over his claims that the 2012 Sandy Hook school shooting massacre, which saw 20 children and six adults killed, was a hoax.

He was taken to court in Austin, Texas, by Neil Heslin and Scarlett Lewis, the parents of Jesse Lewis, who was six years old when he was killed in the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut. Both gave impassioned testimony when in the witness box, with Ms Lewis able to confront Jones and look him straight in the eye when speaking about her son.

Jones is facing potential damages of up to $150m. The radio host underwent uncomfortable cross-examination on Wednesday morning when much of what he tested was refuted by the plaintiff’s attorney and he was asked if he was aware of what perjury was.

During questioning Jones was confronted not just with what he had said about Sandy Hook, but also about the judge and jury in the case. It also transpired that his own lawyer had mistakenly shared the entire contents of Jones’ phone with the opposition legal team — this is now reportedly being sought by the House select committee looking into the events surrounding 6 January 2021 in Washington, DC, when Jones was in the city.

The jury is now deliberating.

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Report: Jan 6 probe to subpoena Alex Jones’ texts and emails obtained in Sandy Hook trial

The January 6 committee is preparing to subpoena Alex Jones’ texts and emails that were accidentally sent to an attorney for the Sandy Hook victims, according to a report.

Attorney Mark Bankston revealed he had mistakenly received a trove of thousands of Jones’ private communications during the Infowars founder’s defamation trial on Wednesday.

Within minutes of the stunning revelation, the House committee investigating the attack on the US Capitol began preparing to subpoena the messages, a source told RollingStone.

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Jones’ attorney mistakenly sent two years of his text messages to opposing 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, who represents Neil Heslin and Scarlett Lewis in their ongoing defamation trial against Jones, made the stunning claim during cross-examination of the Infowars founder on Wednesday.

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Watch: Sandy Hook victim’s mother confronts Alex Jones in court

Sandy Hook victim’s mother confronts Alex Jones in court

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Jones shakes his head as his Sandy Hook shooting lies read out in court

Right-wing agitator Alex Jones shook his head repeatedly as his lies about the Sandy Hook school shooting massacre were read out to a Texas jury on the first day of his defamation trial.

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ICYMI: Jones berates reporter as ‘pirate’ outside Sandy Hook trial

Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones berated a reporter outside of his defamation trial for spreading false claims that the 2012 Sandy Hook school shooting was staged.

“You pretend to be a journalist, and you want to look at people like me so you can say you’re the good guy,” the Infowars host told Huffington Post journalist Sebastian Murdock.

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Watch: Father of Sandy Hook victim testifies at Alex Jones trial

Father of Sandy Hook victim testifies at Alex Jones trial

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Judge Gamble tells the opposing teams that she requires one member of counsel from each side to be in the building at all times while the jury is deliberating.

The parties do not have to be present.

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Jury begins deliberations

The jury has been excused to begin their deliberations and can carry on until 5pm CT (6pm ET).

They will then break for the night until 9am CT tomorrow.

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The plaintiffs’ attorney Kyle Farrar is giving a final closing rebuttal.

“We’re still living Alex Jones’s conspiracy world,” he says, in which the plaintiffs are being weaponised, the jury was handpicked, and the judge is part of the Deep State.

“That’s the spin Jones wants to put on this verdict.”

“They called them [the plaintiffs] liars for 10 years to make money, and they’re calling them liars here to save money,” Mr. Farrar says of the Jones defense argument to avoid a large financial compensation bill.

Mr Farrar adds that Jones’ apology is worth nothing because his attorney just said his client did nothing wrong.

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The use of that poem by Martin Niemöller has understandably generated quite a reaction online.

First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out—because I was not a socialist.

Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out—because I was not a trade unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

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