Alex Jones, a far-right conspiracy theorist, talked about his lawyers on his InfoWars show after a judge told him to pay $4.1 million in damages to one of the Sandy Hook families.
Even though the number is much lower, they are said to be “thrilled” by what the jury did in the defamation trial. The $4.1 million doesn’t include any punitive damages, which will be decided on Friday, or any other punishments that are still being considered by the court.
Jones was found guilty in Texas and Connecticut for making false claims that the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, on December 14, 2012, was a hoax put on by “crisis actors” to promote gun control laws.
The shooting was the worst to ever happen in an elementary school in the United States. Twenty children and six adults died.
Damages haven’t been decided yet in the Connecticut trial, while punitive damages will be decided by the Texas jury on Friday.
A clip from the trial went viral early in the week. Mark Bankston, who works for the government, said that Jones’s lawyers sent Bankston a digital copy of all of Jones’s text messages from the last two years by mistake.
Alex Jones lashed out at his "damn" lawyers after his cell phone records were accidentally disclosed to opposing counsel.
"It's just so incredibly sick that I sit there and give the damn lawyers all the text messages… my lawyers give them the raw text messages of six months." pic.twitter.com/ANIRFs6KyA
— David Edwards (@DavidEdwards) August 4, 2022
Jones tried to defend himself on his show on Thursday while criticizing his lawyers.
Jones showed a clip from the trial where the judge told him that he could use the Fifth Amendment at any time. The Fifth Amendment has a part about self-incrimination. This means that a person can’t say anything on purpose or by accident that will make it look like they did something wrong.
He continued by saying: “You can use your right under the Fifth Amendment.” At that point, my lawyer should have stood up and said, “I’m not attacking, it’s just a fact. Show us the deposition.”
“Three or four times, the guys and Bankston threw me out. “And Connecticut has asked me to talk to them four times, but I have never done so.
“They have all of this, and I looked through one of my phones and didn’t find anything about Sandy Hook on it. “Then they came back and said, “Well, they say you’re hiding it because you still have the old phones.”
“Tore the office apart, and I told them to go look for it and give it to the damn lawyers because I wasn’t talking about Sandy Hook, I don’t care about Sandy Hook, and we don’t talk about it unless they make us. “It is just so sick that I sit there and give the damn lawyers all the text messages, and then they send it to Connecticut. The Texas lawyers I had before the new ones I have never even given them the stuff I gave them.
“That’s what they say, but the truth is that I’m sitting there as the last witness in a trial where the judge has already found me guilty for not giving things over, and my lawyers are giving them the raw text messages from six months ago, in early 2020.
“Then I get a text message from Paul Watson saying that this story sounds like “Sandy Hook Bull,” which is a story about Covid. What does that have to do with anything? How is that a lie?”