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Alex Jones Testifies in Trial About His Sandy Hook Hoax Lies

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Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones took the stand Thursday to… his trial for defamation in Connecticut while trying to limit the damages he has to pay for promoting the lie that the 2012 Sandy Hook school massacre was a hoax.

More than a dozen relatives of some of the 20 children and six educators killed in the shooting also showed up to observe his testimony at Waterbury Superior Court, about 20 miles from Newtown, where the shooting took place.

The plaintiffs’ attorney Christopher Mattei showed a video from Jones’ Infowars web show in which he called the mass shooting “a fake as a three-dollar bill” and called the victims’ parents “crisis actors.”

“Mr. Jones, if someone falsely claimed that a group of families who had lost loved ones were actors and faked the deaths of their loved ones, that would be a terrible statement, wouldn’t it?” Mattei asked Jones before showing the video.

“In context it could be, yes,” Jones replied.

Jones was found default liable for damages to plaintiffs without trial last year, as punishment for what the judge called his repeated failures to hand over documents to their lawyers. The six-member jury will now decide how much Jones and Free Speech Systems, Infowars’ parent company, should pay the families for defaming them and intentionally inflicting emotional distress.

In often emotional testimonials, family members have described prolonged death threats, personal harassment and abusive comments on social media. Some moved to avoid the abuse.

Jones has been in Connecticut this week to prepare for his performance. He held a press conference outside the courthouse on Wednesday, labeling the proceedings — as he has done on his Infowars show — a “travesty of justice” and calling the judge a “tyrant.” He made similar comments on his way to the courthouse Thursday.

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Alex Jones speaks to media outside Sandy Hook trial in Waterbury, Connecticut
InfoWars founder Alex Jones speaks to the media outside the Waterbury Supreme Court during his trial on September 21, 2022 in Waterbury, Connecticut.

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“This isn’t really a trial,” he said. “This is a show trial, a literal kangaroo court.”

Prosecutors’ attorneys asked Jones if he believed Judge Barbara Bellis was a tyrant and if he calls many people tyrants.

“Only if they behave that way,” he said.

Jones was also asked about a page on his Infowars site calling the trial a “kangaroo court” and advertising on that page. He said the page was created by his collaborators, but called it a “good report”. He was also asked about daily earnings reports. Jones said he couldn’t answer that question, but denied that he saw the trial as a marketing opportunity.

On his show, he called the trial an attack on free speech and when asked on Thursday how important he thought the trial was, he replied: “I think this is historic.”

Jones also said that credibility with his audience is not the most important thing to him. “It crushes the globalists,” he said.

Bellis started the day by discussing the topics Jones couldn’t mention in his testimony: freedom of speech; the Sandy Hook families’ $73 million settlement this year with gunsmith Remington (the company made the Bushmaster rifle used to kill the victims at Sandy Hook); the percentage of Jones’ shows where Sandy Hook was discussed; and whether he took advantage of those shows or a similar case in Texas.

“This is not the right forum to give that testimony,” Bellis said. Jones indicated that he understood.

But the jury had to be sent out of court several times as lawyers argued over the scope of Jones’ answers.

“You’re going to work out today, for those of you who wear Fitbits,” the judge told the judges.

During the lunch break, Jones again complained to reporters that he could not testify that he is “innocent,” but said he did have some regrets about the content of his broadcasts about Sandy Hook.

“I’ve said things I probably shouldn’t have said,” he added. “I didn’t realize how much power I had. And I’ve seen the families, I’ve met some families. I think they’re real people. But it’s the media and the lawyers that keep bringing it up and misrepresenting it of business what I said and what I did.”

Jones has also been found default liable in two similar lawsuits over the hoax lies in his hometown of Austin, Texas, where a jury in one of the lawsuits ordered Jones to pay nearly $50 million in damages last month to the parents of one of the killed children. A third trial in Texas is expected to begin by the end of the year.

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Alex Jones walks into the courtroom before Scarlett Lewis and Neil Heslin, the parents of 6-year-old Sand Hook victim Jesse Lewis, at the Travis County Courthouse in Austin, Texas, July 28, 2022.

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When Jones stood before the Texas jury last month and testified under oath, he softened his rhetoric. He said he realized the hoax lies were irresponsible and that the school shooting was “100% real”.

Jones’ shows had portrayed the Sandy Hook shooting as staged by crisis actors as part of gun control efforts.

The testimonials during the current trial also focused on website analytics data from Infowars employees showing how sales of nutritional supplements, food, clothing and other items peaked around the time Jones spoke about the Sandy Hook shooting.

Evidence, including internal Infowars emails and statements, also shows discord within the company over the spread of the hoax lies.

Jones’ lawyer Norman Pattis argues that any damage should be limited and accused the victims’ relatives of exaggerating the damage the lies caused them.

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