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Alex Jones: Infowars host delays Sandy Hook trial testimony as he defends rant at families

Infowars conspiracy theorist lost his temper on the witness stand when questioned by plaintiffs’ attorney

Alex Jones unleashes rant as Sandy Hook lawyer points out victims’ families in court

Alex Jones has delayed his return to the Sandy Hook trial witness box until next week following his rant at reporters outside a Connecticut courthouse.

His own defence attorneys waived their right to cross-examine him, and he is now expected to return as a witness next Wednesday after a judge decided against punishing him for the stunt.

During the press conference, Jones said that the jurors in the case should do their own research, something which is absolutely not permitted in the trial.

The defence move on Friday follows a heated outburst the day before, where Jones shouted that he was “done apologising” for his egregious claims about the shooting under questioning from the plaintiffs’ lawyer.

He lost his temper after being told he put a “target on the back” of victims’ families by calling them “crisis actors” in the 2012 elementary school shooting he branded a hoax in broadcasts to millions.

“Is this a struggle session, are we in China? I have already said sorry hundreds of times and I am done saying I am sorry,” Jones told the court.

On Friday morning, Jones’ attorney said they would not cross-examine him at this time in a bid to “lower the temperature” in the court.

Jones told reporters there was “no need” for cross-examination because, he claims, Thursday’s theatrics were more harmful to the plaintiffs’ than himself.

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After a moment in which everyone speaks over each other, Jones keeps talking and Judge Bellis has to point out to him: “I sustained your attorney’s objection and you answered anyway. He won”

Jones tells the court he has “serious hearing damage” and cannot hear the questioning or objections. In the Texas trial, he had throat problems.

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There is further cross-talk and Mr Mattei asks Jones if his credibility is the most important thing with his audience.

He answers again that he can’t answer any of these questions because the court has barred him from doing so before answering that his most important thing with his audience is “crushing the globalists”.

Mr Mattei tries to continue his questioning, but an objection leads to the jury being sent out while the judge tries to settle again with the attorneys about boundaries to the lines of questioning they may pursue.

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Mr Pattis contends that if Mr Mattei is going to ask about globalists then he wants to ask about who the globalists are which would then turn the discussion toward politics.

He says Mr Mattei is using testimony as a sword, not a shield “and we’re entitled to swordsmanship as well”.

Judge Bellis agrees with Mr Pattis that globalists should not be asked about specifically.

The jury is brought back in.

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Mr Mattei asks Jones how much money Free Speech Systems has made since the trial started . Jones says he has not kept track of things.

“You haven’t been getting daily text messages with sales numbers? Mind checking your phone at the break?” asks Mr Mattei.

He continues to press Jones on Infowars’ sales, and he claims he just doesn’t really look at the figures.

He contends that he is not allowed under the judge’s orders to talk about his company.

Mr Mattei says that is not true.

Judge Bellis dismisses the jury again.

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Jones says the bankruptcy people are in control of his company’s sales. Judge Bellis agrees with him.

When the jury is brought back in Mr Mattei changes tack and asks: “Do you agree with me that your reputation is very important to you?”

Jones does not agree that his reputation is very important to him and answers: “I care about freedom.”

Jones eventually answers yes, that he does not want to be lied about, nor his family or loved ones.

He adds: “The world isn’t an easy place. When people become political figures they get into the arena.”

Mr Mattei asks if Jones is suggesting that the plaintiffs “deserved what they got because they stepped into the arena.”

Jones says no, he wasn’t saying that.

Mr Mattei notes that Jones has sued for defamation himself, taking action against the left-wing progressive group and commentary show The Young Turks.

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Court breaks for a recess.

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The jury is brought back in and questioning resumes around the allegation levelled at Jones regarding images of child exploitation that turned up in discovery.

Mr Mattei says that the more the lie about Jones and the images is spread, the more damage is done to Jones’s reputation.

Jones says that is fair.

Mr Mattei asks about “unhinged” people coming after him.

Jones says he did not name the Sandy Hook plaintiffs — which was not asked of him. The difference he appears to try and make with this case is that The Young Turks specifically named him.

There are more questions about Jones’s security detail (in the room) and his use of chartered private jets, which is rephrased to aircraft after a back-and-forth that included Cessnas, sea planes, and hot air balloons.

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Despite all the interruptions and sidebars, Mr Mattei appears to be back on track and is directly comparing the tweet and video posted by The Young Turks which led Jones to sue them for defamation with the defamation case against him brought by the Sandy Hook families.

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Looking at the tweet by The Young Turks it is noted that it got just 20 retweets.

Mr Mattei refers back to the testimony of Mr Watts earlier in the trial who calculated that 550 million people at a minimum were exposed to Jones’s lies about the Sandy Hook families.

Jones calls the figure “preposterous”.

Mr Pattis objects.

Mattei asks: “If someone were to say that a group of families falsely accused of lying about loved ones dying that would be a horrible accusation, would it not?”

Jones says it could be.

He is asked if it’s reasonable to assume that the Sandy Hook families would be damaged by being called actors over the years. Jones says he can’t answer the question truthfully without violating the court’s orders.

The jury is sent out again.

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This is a discussion about the definition of a Potemkin village — a physical setup to promote a falsehood —‚ and whether Jones recalls mocking parents by saying they were laughing and fake crying and whether there was a wider conspiracy around Sandy Hook.

Video of a deposition is shown in which Jones says on record that Sandy Hook was a Potemkin village and a close group consisting of all the parents was in on the hoax.

The court breaks for lunch until 2pm.

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