Infowars founder Alex Jones takes the witness stand to testify
Infowars founder Alex Jones takes the witness stand to testify during the Alex Jones Sandy Hook defamation damages trial at Connecticut Superior Court in Waterbury, Connecticut, U.S., September 22, 2022. Tyler Sizemore/Hearst Connecticut Media/Pool via REUTERS Photo: Reuters/POOL
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Alex Jones mocks critics at trial over Sandy Hook hoax claims

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By Jack Queen

Alex Jones lashed out at critics in his first day on the witness stand, briefly halting a trial to determine how much the U.S. conspiracy theorist owes families of victims of the 2012 Sandy Hook mass shooting for claiming the massacre was a hoax.

The defamation trial in Waterbury, Connecticut, concerns only how much Jones and the parent of his Infowars site must pay in damages for spreading false claims that the U.S. government staged the killing of 20 children and six staff members as a pretext for seizing guns.

Tensions flared after the plaintiff's lawyer, Christopher Mattei, played a video clip of Jones' webcast showing him praising his followers for placing Infowars stickers around the Connecticut courthouse during trial.

Jones responded by referring to unspecified, purportedly destructive protests before suggesting that conservatives were being unfairly targeted.

"Conservatives put up stickers and we're bad, I know, we all need to go to prison," he said in a mocking tone.

His testimony prompted Judge Barbara Bellis to briefly dismiss jurors and discuss with lawyers how to contain Jones on the stand.

Jones had been confronted with evidence that his followers had harassed families of children killed at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

This included footage aired on Infowars of a former contributor hounding Newtown officials as they left a hearing over a public records request by Sandy Hook deniers.

Mattei also showed a clip of Jones praising and offering a job to a man who interrupted a Super Bowl press conference to shout conspiracy theories about the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon.

The man, Matthew Mills, was arrested a year later after confronting Sandy Hook families at a memorial, Mattei said.

Jones also acknowledged calling Bellis a "tyrant" after Mattei displayed an image posted on Infowars depicting Bellis with red lasers shooting from her eyes. He said he was not responsible for the post.

Bellis has largely barred discussion of politics and conspiracy theories at the trial.

Jones is also not permitted to dispute his liability for damages, after Bellis issued a default judgment last year because he repeatedly failed to comply with court orders.

Jurors must decide only what Jones and Infowars' parent Free Speech Systems must pay the plaintiffs, who also include an FBI agent, for the pain and suffering they say he caused.

A Free Speech Systems representative testified last week that Infowars article views soared 49% in the year after the massacre, and other metrics skyrocketed later as Jones hosted Sandy Hook deniers on his shows.

The trial is taking place a month after the U.S. conspiracy theorist was hit with a $49.3 million verdict in a similar case in Texas, where Free Speech Systems is based.

Jones' lawyers hope to void most of the payout, calling it excessive under Texas law.

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What Jones has done is so morally reprehensible I cannot even begin to express my disgust.

Society cannot allow this sort of monster to profit from such self-serving lies that damage society.

There needs to be a line in the sand somewhere. Lying about the death of children cannot be allowed to stand.

I look forward to Mr Jones being financially ruined by his wanton propagation of blatant lies.

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For once I want Jones just to keep on talking and talking and talking. The (financial) hole he's digging himself into is astounding, and I'm thoroughly enjoying watching him do it.

Keep on talking Jonesy, keep on talking.

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$10M to each victim.

Sadly, because he wasn't on any broadcast media (TV or radio), there aren't strong laws that could stop him.

And add $1M more every time he utters any non-factual conspiracy theory from today forward. Make him act like a journalist, with real, verifiable, sources, not like a cartoon.

4 ( +6 / -2 )

The only people more pathetic than him are the idiots Jones fleeces everyday for money. What a twisted individual he is. Almost as bad or probably worse than Trump.

3 ( +6 / -3 )

How people can't see this guy for the snake oil salesman that he is, is hard to fathom.

Another clown who's just into self promotion and screaming about " his rights" like a misbehaving toddler.

3 ( +6 / -3 )

How people can't see this guy for the snake oil salesman that he is, is hard to fathom.

A lot of low intelligence people who spend a lot of time without a connection to their community, got sucked in by his hysteria.

It's strange how many Americans are prone to this.

5 ( +8 / -3 )

One sick guy with a sewer brain.

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A lot of low intelligence people who spend a lot of time without a connection to their community, got sucked in by his hysteria.

To listen to Jones and right wing conspiracy+dotards, it isn't just about intelligence, it's more about lies and hypocrisy being a go to thing. But even the right wing intelligent people lack critical thought in their process.

They don't want information they don't like...juvenile and apathetic in their approach to life as they narrate lies, mixing up free will for false motives over freedom to find truths.

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Jones has decided to make it easy. He must think that his bankruptcy shield is impenetrable.

Given how objectively stupid he has proven to be with respect to legal strategy, he's likely mistaken.

Too bad some form of Donald' business death penalty isn't on the table here.

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I never liked Jones, he's just a gatekeeper poisoning the well, but concerning his legal issues he made some good points here:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=PVdWRBz5n30

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I never liked Jones, he's just a gatekeeper poisoning the well, but concerning his legal issues he made some good points here:

He was given due process, and ignored it, so his legal issues are all his own fault. He should have complied with discovery. That's why this current court issue is about what his penalty will be, and not whether or not he did anything.

So it's not really relevant what points he made. He got more due process than the Sandy Hook victims did.

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he made some good points here:

No, he didn't.

Alex Jones is why punitive damages exist. And this isn't Texas. Lets hope the cost of monetizing the trolling of parents of dead kids (what he did was actually much, MUCH worse than that) breaks him permanently and serves as a strong financial disincentive to others who might do the same.

I'm honestly surprised that none of the parents that he has stalked and victimized for 2 decades have never sought to take the law into their own hands.

They're better people than I am.

4 ( +6 / -2 )

What an utter scumbag.

3 ( +5 / -2 )

Why conservative fanaticism is always linked to deception, cheating, lies and immense ignorance???..

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Jones isn’t the victim. In fact it’s not about liability. He’s already been found liable.

This is just to see how much he’s going to pay.

Man, his testimony was bad. I have to think that the jury is wanting to strip him of his skin and some of his organs, but will settle for every penny he’s ever made or will make in the future.

We really could see a several hundred million to billion dollar judgment against him.

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I will always enjoy a watching a far right pundit twist in the wind, but there’s something special about the way Jones trying to pull the noose tighter on his own.

As the man once said himself, he’s a little r*tarded.

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