Alex Jones to take the stand in the second Sandy Hook defamation case over his false “hoax” claims

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It is unclear what Jones will say in courtbut he mocked the legal process during an appearance outside the courthouse on Tuesday, going so far as to refer to the judge overseeing the case as a “tyrant”.

The trial comes a month after a Texas jury ordered Jones and his company, Free Speech Systems, the parent of the fringe media organization Infowars, to award two parents nearly $50 million.

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Jones baselessly told his audience in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting that the incident was staged. He has since acknowledged that the shooting took place, but only after the case was filed. He said in a 2019 sworn statement that a “form of psychosis” caused him to make his false comments.

In the Connecticut case, where Jones is being sued by eight more Sandy Hook families, Judge Barbara Bellis issued a default judgment against the Infowars founder in November 2021 after he failed to comply with court orders.

Because the judge has already ruled that Jones is liable, the jury is now determining the amount of damages to award the plaintiffs. While the families have not provided a dollar figure, an attorney for the families last week asked jurors to “send a message” to the public with its decision.

Plaintiffs in three Connecticut lawsuits against Jones, including family members of eight school students and staff and an FBI agent who responded to the scene, have all been named in the lawsuit, which started earlier this month.

Christopher Mattei, an attorney for the Sandy Hook families, has argued during the trial that Jones pushed the Sandy Hook lie because it was profitable.

Norman Pattis, Jones’ attorney, has argued that the claims made by the Sandy Hook plaintiffs are “exaggerated.” Pattis has also said the Sandy Hook families have “become partisan” and said the defense will argue that the damage has been overstated “because they want to remain silent [Jones] for political reasons.”

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