Jury shown video of Alex Jones mocking Sandy Hook parents
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.
Alex Jones suffers blow in Infowars bankruptcy case
The parent company of Alex Jones’ Infowars suffered a substantial blow in bankruptcy court as a judge blocked an attorney and a restructuring executive from overseeing the case due to “lack of transparency” on financial information, including about the conspiracy theorist’s extravagant spending habits.
US Bankruptcy Judge Christopher Lopez in Houston ordered new personnel to replace Marc Schwartz, chief restructuring officer of Infowars parent company Free Speech Systems LLC, and attorney Kyung Lee in the case on Tuesday, citing conflict of interest.
The judge found that Mr Schwartz and Mr Lee failed to disclose that they sought work from Free Speech Systems (FFS) before the conclusion of earlier Infowars bankruptcies.
Bankruptcy judge blocked an attorney and a restructuring executive for Infowars’ parent company over conflict of interest
Oliver O’Connell22 September 2022 14:15
Sandy Hook father tells of horrifying harassment sparked by Alex Jones lies
The father of a six-year-old Sandy Hook victim took the witness stand on Wednesday and told how a stranger showed up at his home demanding proof that his son was dead as a result of Alex Jones’ lies about the shooting.
David Wheeler said he found out about Jones’s bogus theories through a family friend, according to Insider.
He realised the power of those theories soon after.
“Someone came to the house and knocked on the door. The person demanded to see Ben, saying ‘I know he’s here, I know he’s alive,’” Mr Wheeler said. “I felt like I was underwater. I didn’t know which way was up. To have someone publicly telling the world that it didn’t happen, that you’re a fraud and a phoney is incredibly disorienting.”
The Independent’s Andrea Blanco has more:
David Wheeler recounted how internet sleuths led by Jones’ hoax claims showed up on his door demanding to see his dead six-year-old son
Megan Sheets22 September 2022 13:36
Alex Jones mocks Sandy Hook parents and calls them ‘crisis actors’
Footage shows the conspiracy theorist referring to parents as “crisis actors” and accusing them of “method acting”.
“It’s just the fakest thing since the $3 bill,” Jones says.
During the trial, the jury was also shown how Infowars’ audience – and company revenues – grew exponentially following the Sandy Hook tragedy.
The jury in the second defamation trial of Alex Jones has been shown a video of the Infowars host mocking the parents of Sandy Hook victims.Footage shows the conspiracy theorist referring to parents as “crisis actors” and accusing them of “method acting”.“It’s just the fakest thing since the $3 bill,” Jones says.During the trial, the jury was also shown how Infowars’ audience – and company revenues – grew exponentially following the Sandy Hook tragedy.Click here to sign up for our newsletters.
Oliver O’Connell22 September 2022 13:30
Infowars lawyer: Bitcoin donations to Infowars go to Alex Jones
On day two day of the second Sandy Hook defamation trial against conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, a corporate representative for his company testified that cryptocurrency donations solicited during his show go directly to Mr Jones personally.
‘He doesn’t tell anybody where it goes or what he does with it,’ Brittany Paz testifies
Oliver O’Connell22 September 2022 12:30
‘There were false statements’ on Sandy Hook, says Infowars lawyer
“I don’t think that we disagree that there were false statements made,” Brittany Paz testified at a civil trial involving Jones’ claims that the nation’s deadliest school shooting was a hoax concocted as a pretext to tighten gun regulations.
A lawyer for conspiracy theorist Alex Jones’ Infowars empire has acknowledged on the witness stand that “there were false statements made” about the Sandy Hook school shooting
Oliver O’Connell22 September 2022 11:30
Jones’s audience grew exponentially after Sandy Hook massacre, rep says
The right-wing conspiracy theorist is facing trial in his second defamation case brought by the family of a victim for his claims that the elementary school shooting was a “hoax.”
Brittany Paz testified that the growth seen since 2012 has led to “billions” of social media impressions, coinciding with the date of the shooting.
A representative for Free Speech Systems, the parent company of InfoWars, told a courtroom that Alex Jones’s audience grew “exponentially” after the Sandy Hook massacre.The right-wing conspiracy theorist is facing trial in his second defamation case brought by the family of a victim for his claims that the elementary school shooting was a “hoax.”Brittany Paz testified that the growth seen since 2012 has led to “billions” of social media impressions, coinciding with the date of the shooting.Click here to sign up to our newsletters.
Oliver O’Connell22 September 2022 10:30
Oliver O’Connell22 September 2022 09:30
Sandy Hook trial judge jokes she’ll ‘call in sick’ when Infowars host testifies
The judge in Alex Jones’s Sandy Hook defamation trial has joked that she’s going to “call in sick” when the far-right conspiracy theorist takes the stand.
The hilarious exchange unfolded in a court in Connecticut on Wednesday during a sidebar between Judge Barbara Bellis and Mr Jones’s attorney Norm Pattis.
Rachel Sharp has the story.
Right-wing extremist Mr Jones has repeatedly disrespected Judge Barbara Bellis on both his show and outside the courthouse
Oliver O’Connell22 September 2022 08:30
Watch: Victim’s mother says she wasn’t supposed to be in school that day
Oliver O’Connell22 September 2022 07:30
Johnny Depp’s lawyer weighs in on Alex Jones’s latest Sandy Hook defamation trial
Johnny Depp’s attorney has weighed in on Alex Jones’s latest defamation trial over the Sandy Hook massacre, saying that “lies are not protected” by the First Amendment.
Benjamin Chew appeared on Law & Crime on Tuesday to speak about the case currently playing out in a courtroom in Connecticut, where jurors will decide how much in damages the far-right conspiracy theorist must pay to families of victims of the 2012 mass shooting.
Mr Chew, who was one of the lead members of Mr Depp’s legal team during his successful defamation case against Amber Heard, pointed out that the courtroom is “a very different environment” to the extremist’s conspiracy show Infowars when it comes to being able to spread “heinous lies”.
Rachel Sharp reports.
‘This is the United States and lies which hurt people – especially heinous lies, horrific lies, are not and have never been protected under the First Amendment,’ says Benjamin Chew
Oliver O’Connell22 September 2022 06:30