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Alex Jones testifies in his Sandy Hook fraud trial

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Waterbury, Conn. (TN) — Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones took a stand Thursday in his defamation trial in Connecticut as he tries to limit damages paid for promoting the lie that the 2012 Sandy Hook school massacre was a hoax.

More than a dozen family members of some of the 20 children and six teachers killed in the shooting also appeared to follow up on their testimony at Waterbury Superior Court, about 20 miles (32 kilometers) from Newtown, where the shooting took place. Had happened.

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Plaintiffs’ attorney Christopher Mattei showed a video from Jones’ InfoWars web show in which he called the mass shooting “fake as a three-dollar bill” and called the victims’ parents “crisis actors.”

“Mr. Jones, if someone falsely claimed that a group of families who lost their loved ones were actors and that they pretended the deaths of their loved ones, that would be a terrible thing to say, right? Mattei asked Jones before showing the video.

“In context, it can be, yes,” replied Jones.

Jones was found liable in default last year for damages to the plaintiffs without trial, for which the judge punished his lawyers for his repeated failures to turn over the documents. A six-member jury is now deciding how much Infowars’ parent company, Jones and Free Speech Systems, should be paid for defaming families and intentionally causing emotional distress.

Often in emotional testimony, family members have described permanent death threats, personal harassment and derogatory comments on social media. Some moved to escape abuse.

Jones is in Connecticut this week to prepare for his appearance. He held a news conference outside the courthouse on Wednesday, cursing the proceedings – as his Infowars shows – as a “ridicule of justice” and calling the judge “a tyrant.” He made similar remarks while walking into the courthouse on Thursday.

“It’s not really a test,” he said. “It’s a show trial, a literal kangaroo court.”

Plaintiffs’ attorneys begin by asking Jones whether they believe Judge Barbara Bellis was a tyrant and whether he is what many people call a tyrant.

“Only when they like it,” he said.

Jones was also asked about a page on his Infowars site calling the trial “Kangaroo Court” and advertising on that page. He said the page was created by his staff, but he called it a “good report.” He was also asked about the daily profit report. Jones said he could not answer that question, but denied that he saw the test as a marketing opportunity.

On his show, he called the trial an attack on freedom of speech, and on Thursday, when asked how important the proceedings were, he replied, “I think it’s historic.”

Jones also said that credibility with his audience is not the most important thing to him. “It’s crushing globalists,” he said.

Bayliss started the day by going over topics that Jones did not mention in his testimony: freedom of expression; Sandy Hook families this year inked a $73 million deal with gunmaker Remington (the company used Bushmaster rifles to kill victims at Sandy Hook); Jones’ percentage shows that Sandy Hook was discussed; And did he benefit from those shows or a similar case in Texas.

“This is not the appropriate forum for you to offer that testimony,” Bayliss 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’re going to do your exercise today, for those of you who wear Fitbits,” the judge told the jurors.

During the lunch break, Jones again complained to reporters that he had not been able to testify that he was “innocent”, but said he had some regrets about the content of his broadcast dealing with Sandy Hook.

“I’ve said things that I probably shouldn’t have said,” he said. “I didn’t know I had power. And I’ve seen families, I’ve met some families. I think they’re real people. But it’s the media and the lawyers that keep bringing it up and what I said and I misrepresented what I did.

Jones has also been found liable in default in two similar lawsuits, which lie in his hometown of Austin, Texas, where a jury at a trial ordered Jones to pay nearly $50 million last month. In harm to the parents of one of the children killed. The third trial in Texas is expected to begin at the end of the year.

When Jones faced a Texas jury last month and testified under oath, he downplayed his rhetoric. He said he felt the blatant lies were irresponsible and that the school shooting was “100% real”.

Jones’ show portrayed the Sandy Hook shooting as part of gun control efforts by distressed actors.

Testimony in the current trial has also focused on website analytics data run by Infowars employees, which showed that at the time Jones spoke about the Sandy Hook shooting, the number of dietary supplements, food, clothing and how sales of other items had increased.

Evidence, including internal Infowars emails and statements, demonstrates dissatisfaction within the company about furthering falsehoods.

Jones’ attorney, Norman Pattis, is arguing that any damages should be limited and accused the victims’ relatives of exaggerating the damage caused by the lies.

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Today Nation News writer Michael Hill contributed to this Waterbury report.

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