While under cross-examination in his libel trial in Austin, Texas on Wednesday, Alex Jones was told his lawyers had accidentally sent two years of text messages from his cell phone to an attorney for Sandy Hook’s parents who were suing him – and then failed to note that the messages were protected by attorney-client privilege ‘lawyer.
Mark Bankston, an attorney for the plaintiffs, presented a text message about Sandy Hook that Bankston said came from Jones’ cellphone.
“Do you know where I got this?” Bankston asked Jones.
“No,” Jones replied.
Bankston explained: “Twelve days ago your lawyers messed up and sent me a complete digital copy of your entire cell phone with every text message you’ve sent in the past two years – and when he was informed of it, he took no steps to identify him as privileged or protected.
In a pretrial deposition, Jones testified under oath that he searched his phone for text messages about Sandy Hook in preparation for trial and found none.
“That’s how I know you lied to me when you said you didn’t have a text about Sandy Hook,” Bankston told Jones. “Did you know?”
Jones said he didn’t and gave his lawyers his phone.
“I guess this is your ‘Perry Mason’ moment,” he added.
“You know what perjury is, don’t you?” Bankston asked.
“Yes, I do,” Jones replied. “I mean, I’m not a tech guy.”
The dramatic exchange came during Jones’ cross-examination on the second day of his testimony.
Earlier Wednesday, Jones sought to portray himself as a victim who had been “typed” for claiming the 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut was staged.
Jones, the only witness called by his defense team, began by complaining that the media refuses to report that he now believes the massacre, which killed 20 children and six educators, really happened.
“It’s 100% real,” Jones said under direct questioning by his attorney F. Andino Reynal.
The concession came a day after Neil Heslin and Scarlett Lewis, the parents of Jesse Lewis, a 6-year-old boy killed in Sandy Hook, told the jury that false allegations that the attack did not take place had makes their life a “living hell”. .”
Heslin and Lewis are suing Jones and his media company Free Speech Systems for $150 million for harassment they suffered following the unfounded conspiracy theory spread by Jones and his guests on Infowars, an extreme website right that hosts talk shows and other content.
Jones was asked by Reynal to explain what he now thinks of the Newtown massacre.
“I think Sandy Hook happened. I think it was a terrible event,” he said, adding, “I think it was a cover-up. The FBI knew this was coming.
In cross-examination, Bankston peppered Jones with questions about statements that were made on Infowars during the trial, including the suggestion that Judge Maya Guerra Gamble is rigging the proceedings with a real script, and that Gamble is somehow involved. in a pedophilia ring.
Bankston asked Jones if such statements were evidence that he was taking the lawsuit seriously.
“I think it’s serious as cancer,” Jones replied.
Bankston also asked Jones about other mass tragedies he called “false flag” events, including the mass shootings in Las Vegas, Parkland, Florida, and Sutherland Springs, Texas, and the Boston Marathon bombings.
As was the case during Jones’ testimony on TuesdayGamble repeatedly reminded him to only answer questions put to him.
“This is not your show,” Judge said.
The case is now in the hands of the jury. Deliberations are due to resume Thursday morning.
During closing arguments, Reynal said plaintiffs’ attorneys did not show all of the Infowars video footage entered into evidence – approximately 8 hours – and instead presented only 9 minutes to the jury.
In their rebuttal, Kyle Farrar, an attorney for the parents, said it was on purpose and the attorneys chose not to perform for the jury video segments unrelated to Sandy Hook.
“Why should I play you his homosexual frog conspiracy theories?” Why would I play this for you? Farrar asked, adding, “Nobody wants to see that.”