Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones testified in a second defamation trial in a Connecticut courtroom Thursday to determine what Sandy Hook families should pay to the InfoWars host.
Stormy testimony was interrupted so often by objections and sidebar conventions on the bench, Judge Barbara Bellis told the jury at one point, “You’re going to do your exercise today, for those of you who wear Fitbits.”
Jones, who has suggested that the families who have successfully sued him for defamation have a political agenda because he worked on gun control, sees the risks involved in his profession as a conspiracy theorist and provocateur. I accepted.
“The world is not an easy place. When people become political figures they are in the arena,” Jones said.
Plaintiff’s attorney, Chris Mattei, chuckled.
“Were you just trying to suggest that my clients, these families, deserve what they got as they stepped into the arena?” Matthew asked.
Jones answered “no” because his lawyer objected to the question.
Mattei accuses Jones of putting a target on the backs of families through his repeated lies that the massacre is a government-staged hoax and that the victims’ families are those of crisis actors.
Jones admitted that he said it sounded like one of the parents, Robbie Parker, was “acting out” while speaking about their daughter, Emily, who was among the first graders killed.
“You put a target on his back, didn’t you,” Mattei asked forcefully, noting that Parker was sitting in the courtroom. “You hit his back just like you did every single parent and loved one sitting here, right?”
“No, I didn’t,” Jones insisted before his lawyer protested.
“These are real people. You know what, Mr. Jones,” said Mattei.
“Like all Iraqis you kill and love liberals. You are incredible. You turn the emotion on and off whenever you want. It’s just an ambulance chasing,” Jones replied.
“Why don’t you show a little respect,” Mattei demanded. “Here in this courtroom are your families who have lost children, sisters, wives, mothers.”
Jones replied, “Is this a conflict session? Are we in China? I’ve already said I’m sorry hundreds of times and I ended up saying I’m sorry.”
Jones said he legitimately thought the massacre would have been staged and that he would not apologize for it.
Plaintiff’s interrogation of Jones has ended. Defense attorney Norm Pattis will begin his arguments with his client on Friday.
Last year, Bellis found Jones and InfoWars’ parent company, Free Speech Systems, liable in a defamation lawsuit for making the 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School a hoax.
The jury will decide how much damages Jones should inflict on an FBI agent who reacted to the scene and the eight families of the victims that Jones called actors.
Before testifying, Jones called the judge “a tyrant” and the trial a “political hit job” during the trial outside the Waterbury Courthouse this week. At a press briefing on Wednesday, he told reporters that he “didn’t question Sandy Hook beforehand,” and apologized if he had hurt anyone, but “didn’t make up the story” of Sandy Hook being a hoax.
He repeatedly said that he would not wrong himself by saying that he was guilty.
“You can’t have a judge telling you you’re guilty when you’re not. That’s crazy,” he said.
There is nothing wrong with such a civil trial. The plaintiffs successfully sued Jones for defamation in November 2021 over his comments, including calling him a “crisis actor”, stating that the massacre was “staged” and “the most fake since the three-dollar bill”. It was a matter.”
Bayliss found Jones liable for damages by default because he and his companies, such as Infowars, showed “blatant disregard” for the rules of the search.
Beyond Jones, the jury has heard from several parents so far, including Jennifer Hansel, whose 6-year-old daughter, Avielle Richman, was one of 20 children killed in the massacre. She told the jury on Wednesday that she still fears for her family’s safety as she continues to receive hate mail from people questioning whether her daughter has died and needs to check her car before going inside. Checks the back seat.
She said that after her husband Jeremy Richman died by suicide in 2019, she started receiving emails from people claiming his death was fake, she said.
“People were looking for evidence in the cemetery around Aviel’s grave that Jeremy had died,” Hansel said.
Other parents have also testified about death threats, rape threats and confrontations outside their homes.
The Connecticut trial comes a month after a Texas jury ordered Jones to pay nearly $50 million in damages to the parents of one of the victims.
In that defamation lawsuit, Jones was successfully sued by the parents of a 6-year-old boy who was killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, when they claimed that the shooting – where 20 children and six The adults were killed—that was a hoax, a claim he said he now thinks is “100% real.”