“Simply to get to a trial in front of a jury is a large accomplishment, given the intense measures Alex Jones has taken to attempt to avoid that,” said Alinor Sterling, a lawyer on the families’ legal team. “His attack on these families has been a dehumanizing attack, and considered one of the ways to revive a way of balance and community and humanity is to do this case in front of a jury.”
A 3rd and final damages trial — in a defamation case brought by Lenny Pozner and Veronique De La Rosa, whose son Noah Pozner was killed at Sandy Hook — is tentatively scheduled for late this yr, however the date has not been set.
Mr. Jones began denying Sandy Hook and targeting the families hours after the shooting, but his falsehoods didn’t garner widespread scrutiny until the lawsuits were filed. Even Piers Morgan, who waged a televised crusade for stricter gun laws within the immediate aftermath of Sandy Hook as a CNN host, didn’t ask Mr. Jones about his Sandy Hook theories during Mr. Jones’s interview on his show.
Within the Connecticut trial, lawyers for the families used forensic analyses of web traffic, Infowars internal communications and Google Analytics data — which Mr. Jones and his lawyer, Norm Pattis, had falsely claimed during discovery that Infowars didn’t use — to reveal how audience sales skyrocketed when he talked about Sandy Hook.
Mr. Jones, who flew together with his entourage to Waterbury by private jet, stayed in a rented villa with a pool and tennis court. He declined to point out up for a lot of the trial.
He spent most of his temporary time in Connecticut outside the courthouse, falsely claiming the lawsuits were a “deep state” effort to silence him. In fact, he forfeited his ability to say First Amendment protection for his lies, or to placed on another defense, by failing to supply court-ordered records and testimony during discovery.
The judge barred Mr. Jones or his lawyer from speaking about politics or his funds in court. In the sooner trial in Austin, Mr. Jones was admonished by the judge for falsely claiming he was bankrupt.