For a man in his arms about being pushed in ‘kangaroo court’, it looks like Alex Jones is trying hard to make fun of the ongoing defamation lawsuit Sandy Hook’s parents have brought against him.
The final day of testimony scheduled for Jones’s two-week trial got off to a rough start Tuesday, as the judge presiding over the Austin case berated notorious conspiracy theorists for appearing to chew something up in court.
“Spit out your gums, Mr. Jones,” said Judge Maya Guerra Gamble, looking at Jones effortlessly from behind the bench.
The far-right broadcaster immediately responded, “It’s not chewing gum.” Jones claimed that he had a tooth pulled out late last month and that he was massaging the opening in his mouth with his tongue.
“Do you want me to show you?” he asked, leaning back.
“…I don’t want to see what’s in your mouth,” said Gamble, admonishing him to “sit.”
This brief exchange came a morning after the emotional testimony of prosecutor Neil Heslin, father of 6-year-old Sandy Hook massacre victim Jesse Lewis. Heslin and Lewis’ mother, Scarlett Lewis, is seeking at least $150 million from Jones and his media company, Free Speech Systems, in damages. (Free Speech Systems filed for federal bankruptcy protection last week, according to Austin Statesmanalthough this is not expected to affect the experiment.)
The parents asserted in their 2018 lawsuit that Jones made an unfounded claim that the massacre was a government orchestrated hoax, dragging them – and other Sandy Hook families – through years of harassment and pain.
“I can’t even describe the past nine and a half years, the living hell that I and the others have had to endure because of Alex Jones’ recklessness and negligence,” Hesselin said.
Jones was not present in court during Heslin’s testimony, but News agency mentioned. Heslin criticized his absence, calling him a “coward”.
“Today is very important to me and it has been a long time…to confront Alex Jones for what he said and did to me. To restore the honor and legacy of my son.
Jones went so far as to take vintage photos of families from afar, calling them “pawns” on an episode of Infowars that aired Tuesday, according to The media is important to America. He claimed Hesselin had autism, saying he believed the father was acting “like someone on the spectrum”.
Later in the episode, the grieved Jones criticized Gamble and the attorneys representing Lewis’ parents, calling them “caricatures of what you would imagine in an alternate world of dwarf orcs.”
“It’s diabolical” added. “They all act with demonic possession. Judge, lawyers. It’s surreal to be around. It makes you feel sorry for them because these people are committed to a vague ideology of the New World Order.”
Footage of the episode was presented by the prosecution in court later in the day, while Scarlett Lewis was at the podium. When asked how she felt about the clip, she turned her eyes to Jones, who had arrived at a Texas courthouse at that point.
“It’s awful. awful. awful,” she said, according to does not depend on.
Jones, who attempted to frame the complaint against him as an attack on his First Amendment rights, filed in court after the morning hearing. A piece of duct tape covering his mouth was plastered with the words “Save the First”.
For journalists abroad, Jones raged against Judge Gamble, accusing her of rigging the trial. “All I did was speculate and ask questions – I have the right to do it,” he said angrily.
Later on Tuesday, Jones himself climbed to the podium. When asked by his lawyer, F. Andino Renal on how he felt, replied, “Indeed, I feel good. Because I had the opportunity – for the first time – to say what’s really going on instead of the highly competent law firms of the corporate media manipulating what I’ve already done.”
The defense’s only witness, Jones was almost immediately at loggerheads with Gamble again, complaining that Lewis had been allowed a “monologue,” which he wasn’t.
Jones’ testimony, lasting more than an hour, was often punctuated by bouts of coughing he blamed on a “torn throat”. The cough became so bad that Gamble eventually passed him a lozenge. Thank her.
“This is an exception for food in the courtroom [rule]Gamble said to a weak laugh.
Away from the background of other questions from Raynal, Jones was quick to claim that he “never intentionally tried to harm” Lewis and Heslin. He also took the opportunity to challenge the introduction to the Infowars segment, arguing that it was “unfair” for the footage to be scaled back to less than a minute.
Raynal, the 11th attorney to officially represent Jones in the case, had to restrain his client as he veered dangerously near the tin area. “Let’s slow down a bit,” the attorney said, after Jones testified that he saw his job as a way to reveal “The Matrix” to his audience.
(Renal himself was reprimanded by Gamble several times over the course of the trial, including at least twice for chewing gum in the courtroom, according to Texas Monthly Reporter. In another case, he had to apologize after using it middle finger To turn Mark Bankston, the plaintiffs’ attorney, out of Gamble’s sight.)
Jones also found time to claim on the platform that he had not had an email address for the past decade – a claim that was undermined by a hearing in March in which a discovery document was produced to the contrary. Under oath, he also tells the court that he is bankrupt, which he is not.
Bankston boycotted the proceedings at that point until a request could be heard outside of the jury. With the committee out of the room, the attorney general raised concern that Rinal was deliberately seeking perjury from Jones on the stand.
Gamble agreed. “It seems ridiculous to tell you again that you must tell the truth when you testify, but here I am: You must tell the truth when you testify. This is not your programme,” she said to Jones.
She went on to reprimand him, saying, “You are abusing my tolerance and inappropriately, and in at least two instances, dishonestly setting aside the jury.”
“I think what you said was true,” Jones replied.
“You believe everything you say is true,” Gamble said. “That doesn’t make it real.”
After Gamble dismissed the jury for the day, Scarlett Lewis approached Jones to hand him a bottle of water. He shook hands with her and Neil Heslin, who was left behind. In the slightly garbled audio of the live-streamed trial, Jones appeared to be apologizing “for the day.” He began telling Heslin, “I think people–a lot of the things I’ve said have been manipulated–” when Bankston, Plattenves’ attorney, stepped in.
“That is. We’re not talking to you. And he exploded. And you don’t.” That’s not even an idea. This is not the way this goes. “
“Why? So you can’t feed them fake videos anymore?” asked Jones. When asked to shut up, he continued, “That’s what you’re trying to do, shut my mouth. You’ll never succeed.”
Someone in the courtroom – it wasn’t clear from the video – then brought up Jones’ claim that Heslin had autism. “Hey, I think I have autism too, my friend,” Jones called prosecutors as they walked out of the courtroom.
He will return to the podium on Wednesday morning.