Hoaxes, sms and mea culpa in court: the decline of Alex Jones, the conspiracy theorist of America, will have to pay 4 million dollars

from Giuseppe Sarcina

He denied the Sandy Hook massacre: “It was a farce”, performed “by actors in the service of the Washington government who wanted to take away the arms of good citizens.” Compensation to the families of the victims

The sweaty forehead, the arrogance that slowly evaporates from the unbuttoned shirt, from the broken phrases, from the bewildered look. How different is theAlex Jones at the bar in Austin courthouse fromradio storyteller, by the inventor of dangerous conspiracy theories that continue to poison American society. Here is the most infamous: the massacre inSandy Hook Elementary School in NewtonConnecticut (December 14, 2012) “it was a farce”, performed “by actors in the service of the Washington government who wanted take away the weapons from good citizens“. Ten families of the victims, 20 children and 6 teachers, sued him for defamation, with four distinct procedures. Last year the Connecticut and Texas judges found him guilty. Alex Jones tried to defend himself by invoking “freedom of expression”, protected by the First Amendment of the Constitution. But the jurors had no doubts: the defendant is a serial liar.

Yesterday the judiciary in Austin, the Texan city from which Jones broadcasts his “show”, has ruled that he will have to pay 4.1 million dollars to Neil Heslin and Scarlett Lewis, the parents of six-year-old Jesse, killed by 20-year-old Adam Lanza’s automatic rifle. The couple had asked for giant compensation: $ 150 million.

Last Tuesday, Neil’s testimony left its mark: “We have lived through years of hell because of Mr. Jones’s nonsense.. They shot at our house and our car. We are now forced into isolation to protect ourselves. I hope the time has come to return to an age of truth. “

Jones had presented himself with his usual bravado. At the first hearing he appeared with his mouth sealed with a gray adhesive tape with the words “we save the truth”. Then he tried to turn his interrogation into one of his performances, but Judge Maya Guerra Gamble immediately called him to order: “We’re not in his ‘show’ here, just answer the questions”. At one point Jones approached Scarlett and Neil: “Look, your lawyer has fake videos.” And before returning to sit down, he shook hands with the two broken parents, ensuring that he had always believed “100%” that the massacre had really happened.

Yesterday, however, he found himself with his back to the wall, for a surreal accident. His legal team, led by Andino Reynal, accidentally sent all of his text messages to the victims’ lawyerMark Bankston. A sensational mistake that risks aggravating Jones’s judicial position. In 2018, the activist-entrepreneur had declared the bankruptcy of his holding company, the “Free Speech System”. The suspicion was that he wanted to shelter the estate as defamation lawsuits and claims for compensation were hailing. Well, from the messages that Jones has sent and received over the past two years, it appears that business was going well. His companies were making up to $ 800,000 a day, including advertising revenue and the sale of far-right propaganda material.

When the attorney Bankston revealed in court that he had received the dossier by “text message”, Jones first reacted with sarcasm: “Okay, this is your moment at Perry Mason.” But soon after he realized that big trouble was on the way. “You lied in this trial, do you know what perjury is?” Bankston asked. Alex stammered: “Yes, but I’m not a legal expert.”

His lawyer urged the judge to cancel the trial, because the other party had obtained “sensitive documents” in an irregular way. Application rejected: we go on. Indeed, qei messages would also contain interesting insights for the parliamentary commission investigating the assault on Capitol Hill. In particular there would be intense conversations with Roger Stoneone of Donald Trump’s historical associates who went out of his way to organize the January 6 riots.

August 4, 2022 (change August 5, 2022 | 10:41)

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