Alex Jones trial – live: Infowars host confronted with Sandy Hook hoax lies in combative testimony

Jury shown video of Alex Jones mocking Sandy Hook parents

Alex Jones is testifying in his second defamation trial against the families of the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting that he branded a hoax.

The Infowars conspiracy theorist’s testimony follows his repeated outbursts outside the courthouse this week, where he called presiding Judge Barbara Bellis “a tyrant”, ranted about the media’s portrayal of developments in his company’s bankruptcy trial and insisted he didn’t lie about the 2012 massacre “on purpose”.

Relatives of two Sandy Hook victims took the stand on Wednesday, telling how they’ve been targeted with vile threats for years as a result of Jones’ egregious claims about the shooting.

The jury was shown multiple videos of Jones making those claims in broadcasts to millions, including when he mocked the parents of victims as “crisis actors” and displayed completely false information about the events of the day.

Jurors also heard how Jones’s audience and revenues grew exponentially following the tragedy.

The jury will decide how much he should pay relatives of eight victims and the FBI agent who responded to the shooting.

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Court is back in session

Mr Mattei says he has 20 minutes left with Jones on the stand and court will end for that after his direct examination.

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Court takes afternoon break

Case will resume following break

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Jones asks for crypto donations during trial and says audience gave him $9m

Jones even took time to give the web address for donating cryptocurrency to Infowars and was asked by Mr Mattei if his audience knew that the donations went directly into his personal account.

“And then directly into the company account, that’s how crypto works,” said Jones.

Jones was asked if he had been given $8m in crypto donations, and responded that it “was actually $9m.”

Jones said he had only left $60,000 of the donations in his wallet and that he had given it all to his company.

“I was trying to shore it up (Free Speech Systems),” he said.

Jones was asked if he had got any of that money personally.

“Technically it went into my bank account and it then went into Free Speech Systems,” he said.

Jones told the court that the cost of the silver “1776” collectible coin he sells to his audience is $35, but that he sells it at full price to them for $130.

But Jones added that it was currently on sale for $99, and insisted that he was honest with his audience about the costs.

“Conservatives are smart. They know all about silver and gold,” he told the court.

When asked about the mark-up he makes on other products, he added: “My audience is smart, they work for a living.”

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Lawyer for Jones says he expected more outbursts

Norm Pattis made the admission to Judge Barbara Bellis as she ordered a sidebar after sending out the jury.

Mr Pattis could be heard telling the judge that Jones had been “mostly responsive” in his testimony and that his client “is fatigued.”

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Jones tells court he believes in a ‘9/11 cover-up’

The court was told that Matthew Mills broke into a Super Bowl press conference to shout about 9/11 conspiracy theories, and was interviewed about it in February 2014 on Infowars.

“Yeah I believe there was a cover-up over 9/11,” said Jones. “I thought it was good civil action.”

Mr Mattei asked if Jones knew that Mills had interrupted the Vicky Soto 5K event.

“No, I didn’t know about that,” said Jones.

“But that’s the sort of thing you love?” asked Mr Mattei.

Mr Mattei asked Jones if the “Jones Army has been active” during the trial. “That Army has been coming over the top right here in Waterbury this week.”

“I don’t know of what you speak,” said Jones.

Jones was asked if he had commended people on air earlier this week for vandalising property around the courthouse with Infowars stickers.

“No,” replied Jones.

And he then added: “I do want to commend people as the First Amendment is under attack, I want to commend them now.”

Jones then reacted angrily after being asked if he thought he was in a “puppet court” as he said on his Infowars show.

“It’s not mostly peaceful protest when they burn down $2bn dollars of buildings, but when conservatives put up stickers its bad,” Jones said after the video.

“I know we all need to go to prison.”

The judge immediately sent out the jury and had a sidebar with the lawyers where they appeared to discuss his behaviour.

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Jury is back in the courtroom

And the case continues.

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Jury sent out of courtroom

Prosecution wants to play a video about a 9/11 truther that it will submit as evidence without the jury in the courtroom.

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Jones questioned over Dan Bidondi harassing Newtown officials

Dan Bidondi has been accused of harassing the families of Sandy Hook victims and officials, as well as those of the Boston Marathon bombing in segments for Infowars.

Chris Mattei told the court that after Jones was sued by the families in 2018, he immediately asked his business manager when the last time Infowars had paid him.

Jones denied knowing any specifics on that, telling the jury: “It all just bleeds together, this is years ago, I don’t remember.”

The court was then shown a video of Bidondi allegedly harassing Newtown officials, and asking them, “You guys trying to cover up Sandy Hook?”

Mr Mattei asked Jones why he had given him the nickname “the kraken”, which Jones denied knowing anything about.

Jones then said he did not remember if Infowars had live streamed the video of Bidondi.

“I don’t remember what happened two weeks ago on my show,” Jones said. “There’s a lot of on-air stuff.”

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Jones refuses to answer if members of his audience have ‘committed violence’

“I can’t answer that,” he told the court.

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Jones agrees he called Sandy Hook ‘fake’. ‘synthetic’ and a ‘total hoax’

Jones agreed with the lawyer for the families, Chris Mattei, that he had used the descriptions for the massacre

“There’s been a point in time where I believed it was probably a hoax,” Jones said before that remark was struck by the judge.

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