Alex Jones appeared Thursday in a Connecticut courtroom during a trial in which plaintiffs are seeking him for damages after he claimed the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School was a hoax.
Jones, the owner of far-right conspiracy site Infowars, is on trial for a second time as a jury weighs how much Jones should owe in damages to the families of eight Sandy Hook Elementary School victims. The families claim Jones’ conspiracy theories about the staging of Sandy Hook caused them psychological harm.
Attorney Chris Mattei criticized Jones for his previous actions during the trial, such as calling Judge Barbara Bellis a “bully” and not treating the trial as an “important case.” When asked if he was taking these actions as part of a conspiracy to bolster his credibility, Jones told Mattei that credibility was not the most important duty he had to his audience.
“It crushes the globalists,” Jones said.
When Mattei further questioned Jones why he believed he needed to crush the globalists, Jones’ attorney, Norm Pattis, was quick to disagree. The appeal led to a lengthy discussion between the two attorneys and Bellis.
Pattis argued that Jones gave the answer “gratuitously” that “destroying globalists” was his most important task, and that Mattei opened a door for Pattis when he asked why Jones believed that. Jones has previously stated that he believes the lawsuit is an attempt to silence him and his website, and Pattis said he has been barred from naming people Jones says are trying to to silence him in the courtroom.
Pattis said that when Jones is questioned about his goal to “destroy globalists,” Pattis is in a difficult position not to cross-examine who those globalists are. Mattei argued he was trying to prove that Jones was trying to monetize his audience’s “fears, pain and misery.”
Earlier in the day, Mattei criticized Jones for holding press conferences outside the courthouse but only appeared in the courtroom on the seventh day of the trial. At one of these conferences, Jones called Bellis a tyrant for requiring Jones to plead guilty. Jones was found guilty in his first trial in Texas, and the Connecticut trial will determine how much is owed to the families of Sandy Hook victims.
During the trial, according to Mattei’s interrogation, Jones also created a new webpage titled “Kangaroo Court” on his Infowars website. A kangaroo court is considered an unofficial court that tries someone without evidence. Jones uses the page to show what he believes prejudice against him at the trial is.
news week reported that Jones was found guilty of causing emotional harm at his first trial over allegations that he failed to provide financial and analytical data requested on multiple occasions.
news week has reached out to Infowars for comment.
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