© Reuters. Alex Jones attempts to answer questions about his email asked by Mark Bankston, an attorney for Neil Heslin and Scarlett Lewis, during a hearing in Travis County Courthouse, Austin, Texas, U.S., Aug. 2022. Briana Sanchez / Pool via REUTERS
By Jack Queen
(Reuters) – A Texas judge on Thursday rejected Alex Jones’ suggestion of a fallacy in a defamation case over the US conspiracy theorist’s false claims about the mass shootings. Sandy Hook series.
The false claim came after it was revealed at trial that Jones’ attorney unwittingly sent the US conspiracy theorist’s two-year text messages to the plaintiffs.
Federico Andino Reynal, an attorney for Jones, told Judge Maya Guerra Gamble that attorneys for the plaintiffs should immediately destroy the records. An attorney for the parents, Mark Bankston, used the texts to undercut Jones’ testimony during Wednesday’s cross-examination.
Jones, founder of the Infowars radio and webcast, is on trial to determine the amount of damages he must incur for spreading false information about the killing of 20 children and six staff members at the Elementary School. Sandy Hook in Newtown, Connecticut, on December 14, 2012.
Neil Heslin and Scarlett Lewis, parents of slain first-grader Jesse Lewis, are seeking up to $150 million from Jones and his company, Free Speech Systems LLC, for what their attorneys call ” a vile defamation campaign”.
Heslin told jurors on Tuesday that Jones’ falsehood made his life “hell” and led to a campaign of harassment and death threats against him by those who believed that he lied about his son’s death.
Jones has previously claimed that the mainstream media and gun control activists conspired to fabricate the Sandy Hook tragedy and that the shooting was staged using crisis actors.
Jones, who later admitted that the shooting happened, told the Austin jury on Wednesday that it was “100% real.”
Gamble issued a rare default judgment against Jones in the case in 2021.