On Thursday, Jones admitted that he called the parents “crisis actors” on his show, and said the shooting was “false as a three-dollar bill.”
Plaintiff’s attorney Christopher Matty Jones accused the parents of placing targets on the parents’ backs, pointing to family members in the courtroom and saying “these are real people.”
Jones replied, “Just like all the Iraqis you killed are liberals and loved.” “Just, you don’t believe. You turn on feelings, every now and then when you want to. You just chase after an ambulance.”
“Why don’t you show some respect?” Matty responded, as Jones’ attorney, Norm Bates, shouted objections and several family members shook their heads in apparent disbelief.
The exchange with Matty continued noting that families in the courtroom “lost children, sisters, wives, and mothers.”
“Is this a struggle session?” Jones, who has admitted in recent years, said the shooting was real. “Are we in China? I’ve already said I’m sorry hundreds of times and finished saying I’m sorry.”
After the jury was excused for the day, Judge Barbara Bellis blamed both sides, saying more outbursts would lead to a contempt hearing.
Bellis had started his day by learning about topics that Jones could not mention in his testimony: the rights to free speech. Sandy Hook families’ $73 million settlement this year with gun maker Remington (the company that made the Bushmaster rifle used to kill victims in Sandy Hook); Percentage of Jones Shows discussing Sandy Hook; and whether he benefited from those offers or a similar situation in Texas.
“This is not the forum for you to give that testimony,” Bellis said. Jones indicated that he understood.
But the jury had to be sent out of the courtroom several times while lawyers argued about the scope of Jones’ answers.
“You will do your exercise today, for those who wear Fitbits,” the judge told the jurors.
Earlier in the trial, victims’ family members often gave emotional testimony describing how they had been subjected to death threats, personal harassment and offensive comments on social media. Some moved to avoid abuse.
Jones’ shows portrayed the shooting of Sandy Hook as directed by actors in the crisis as part of a gun control effort.
The testimony also focused on website analytics data run by Infowars employees that shows how its sales of nutritional supplements, foods, clothing and other items soared around the time Jones spoke about the Sandy Hook shooting.
Evidence, including Infowars’ internal emails and affidavits, shows a rift within the company over the push for deceptive lies.
Bates argues that any damage should be limited and accuses the relatives of the victims of exaggerating the harm the lies caused them.
Jones has already been found presumptively liable in two similar lawsuits over the Sandy Hook hoax located in his hometown of Austin, Texas, where a jury in one trial last month ordered Jones to pay nearly $50 million in damages to the parents of one of them. of the children who were killed. A third trial is expected to begin in Texas towards the end of the year.
Jones was asked Thursday about a page on Infowars that described the trial as a “kangaroo court” and included a graphic showing the judge with lasers shooting from her eyes. He said the page was created by his team, but called it a “good report.”
He was asked about the ads on that page and other Sandy Hook content, as well as daily earnings reports. Jones said he could not answer those questions, but denied that he saw the trial as a marketing opportunity.
Later, when asked about the fundraising and the items displayed on his online store, he made sure to give a URL where people could buy cryptocurrency to support his company.
“This is going to end up as a clip on your show tonight,” Matty said. Are you advertising your crypto page?
“I mean, people want to keep us in the fight, so I’m hoping the whales will give us money before we go on with that,” Jones said.
Jones, who is expected to return to the ward on Friday, made brief comments to reporters as he left the courtroom.
“The First Amendment will prevail,” he said. The American people will never be silenced.