Alex Jones trial – live: Infowars host to testify on Sandy Hook lies today after repeated attacks on judge

Jury shown video of Alex Jones mocking Sandy Hook parents

Alex Jones is expected to testify Thursday 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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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.

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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:

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Alex Jones mocks Sandy Hook parents and calls them ‘crisis actors’

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.

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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.

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‘There were false statements’ on Sandy Hook, says Infowars lawyer

A lawyer for conspiracy theorist Alex Jones‘ Infowars empire acknowledged on the witness stand Wednesday that the show and website spread falsehoods about the Sandy Hook school shooting.

“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.

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Jones’s audience grew exponentially after Sandy Hook massacre, rep says

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.

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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.

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Watch: Victim’s mother says she wasn’t supposed to be in school that day

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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.

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