During a Brutal Cross-examination, an Attorney for the Sandy Hook Family Shows How Dishonest Alex Jones is!
The dishonesty of right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones was spotlighted in a Texas court on Wednesday as a lawyer for a pair of Sandy Hook parents who cross-examined the Infowars founder and fact-checked his answers in real-time.
Neil Heslin and Scarlett Lewis, the parents of the girl, won a default judgment against Jones earlier this year. The jury who hears the case will decide how much Jones has to pay them. A lawyer for Heslin and Lewis has asked the jury to give them $150 million in compensation.
Jones, who was the sole witness for the defense during the trial, did not fare well Wednesday as he was cross-examined by the plaintiff’s attorney, Mark Bankston.
In an amazing moment, Bankston told Jones and the court that he had just gotten proof that Jones had lied when he said during the discovery process that he had never texted about the 2012 Sandy Hook shooting.
Bankston said that Jones’ attorney had, in an apparent mishap, sent him two years of cell phone records that included every text message Jones had sent.
The cell phone records, Bankston said, showed that Jones had texted about the Sandy Hook shooting.
“That is how I know you lied to me when you said you didn’t have text messages about Sandy Hook,” Bankston said.
Bankston showed Jones a text message exchange he had about Sandy Hook. But Jones testified that he had “never seen these text messages.”
When reminded that Jones had said under oath that he had looked through his phone during the discovery phase of the trial and couldn’t find any Sandy Hook-related messages, he insisted that he “did not lie.”
Jones baselessly said in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook shooting, in which 26 people were killed, that the incident was staged. Facing lawsuits, Jones has since acknowledged the shooting occurred.
Jones said in a 2019 sworn deposition that a “form of psychosis” caused him at the time to believe it was staged.
And in court on Wednesday, Jones said that he does believe the Sandy Hook shooting happened, saying it was “100% real.”
During cross-examination on Wednesday, Jones was asked if he had linked the judge in charge of the trial, Maya Guerra Gamble, to pedophilia and human trafficking. This was another important moment.
When Jones said he hadn’t done that, Bankston showed the court a video from Infowars that did exactly that.
Jones criticized Gamble’s work for Child Protective Services in the video, saying that the agency had been “exposed” for “working for pedophiles.”
Gamble, whose office did not respond to an earlier request for comment about the fact Infowars has been attacking her in such terms, laughed when she saw a screengrab from the video in court on Wednesday.
“The person on the left of this image is our judge, correct?” Bankston asked Jones.
On Tuesday, lawyers for the plaintiffs said that they plan to ask the judge to punish Jones for lying on the stand. And Gamble had told Jones on Tuesday that he had broken his oath, to tell the truth twice.
“You are already under oath, to tell the truth,” Gamble said Tuesday. “You’ve already violated that oath twice today, in just those two examples. It seems absurd to instruct you again that you must tell the truth while you testify. Yet here I am again.”
“This is not your show,” Gamble added to him Wednesday.
After Jones’s testimony ended on Wednesday, the defense stopped making its case and closing arguments began.
As soon as this week, the jury could decide how much it will pay in damages to the Sandy Hook parents.
This is the first of three trials that will decide how much Jones will have to pay the Sandy Hook families who sued him and won default judgments.