Mistrial denied as jury weighs damages towards Alex Jones in Sandy Hook defamation trial

August 4 (Reuters) – A Texas judge dismissed Alex Jones’ suggestion of a misdemeanor case on Thursday as grand jury discussions resumed in a defamation case over claims made by the court. American conspiracy theorist’s false statement about the Sandy Hook mass shooting.

The claim falsifies after revealing during a two-week 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.

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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 six-year-old Jesse Lewis, are seeking $150 million from Jones and his company, Free Speech Systems LLC, for what their attorneys call “a defamation campaign.” lowly blasphemy”.

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.

Free Speech Systems declared bankruptcy last week. Jones said during Infowars’ Monday broadcast that the filing would help the company continue broadcasting during the appeal.

Jones faces a similar defamation lawsuit in Connecticut state court, where he is also liable in a default judgment.

Sandy Hook gunman Adam Lanza, 20, used a Remington Bushmaster rifle to carry out the massacre. It all ended when Lanza committed suicide with the police siren approaching.

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Report by Jack Queen; Editing by Noeleen Walder, Amy Stevens and Howard Goller

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