Alex Jones Tells Sandy Hook Families “I’m Done Saying Sorry”

When Mr. Jones was told Thursday how bad it was that he had repeatedly lied on his Infowars radio and online show that Robbie Parker whose daughter Emilie died in the massacre was an actor he went on a rant that made Judge Barbara Bellis of State Superior Court threaten to hold him in contempt.

“Is this a struggle session? Are we in China? I’ve already said I’m sorry and I’m done saying I’m sorry,” Mr. Jones reacted as his lawyer shouted objections.

Chris Mattei, a lawyer for the families of the Sandy Hook victims, angered Mr. Jones when, while questioning Mr. Jones on the stand, he pointed to Mr. Parker in the courtroom. “Robbie Parker’s sitting right here,” Mr. Mattei said. “He’s real, isn’t he? And for years you put a target on his back, didn’t you? Just like you did every single parent and loved one sitting here.”

“No, I didn’t,” Mr. Jones said. “Why don’t you show a little respect, Mr. Jones?” Mr. Mattei said. “You have families in this courtroom here that lost children, sisters, wives, moms.”
Judge Bellis rebuked Mr. Jones. “This is not a press conference, this is clearly not your show,” she said. “You have to respect the process.”

Mr. Pattis had spoken up more than once as his client yelled. “You can expect a contempt hearing if anybody steps out of line,” Judge Bellis stated. “And Mr. Jones, same thing.”

Alex Jones Tells Sandy Hook Families in court
Alex Jones Tells Sandy Hook Families in court

For years Alex Jones said on Infowars that the shooting on December 14, 2012 at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. that killed 20 first graders and six teachers was a lie made up by the government to get more gun control.

Late last year Mr. Jones lost four defamation lawsuits brought by the families of 10 Sandy Hook victims. These families had been harassed and threatened online by conspiracy theorists who believed Mr. Jones’s false claims.

The big win for the families set off three trials where juries decide how much Mr. Jones has to pay the families in compensatory and punitive damages. In August, a jury in Austin, Texas, gave nearly $50 million to Scarlett Lewis and Neil Heslin the parents of Jesse Lewis, who died at Sandy Hook. However Texas law says that this amount can’t go any higher.

In the second of three trials which is going on right now the families of eight Sandy Hook victims sued Mr. Jones in Connecticut where the law allows for a verdict that could be financially ruinous. The families say they sued Mr. Jones to make him answer for the online insults, fights and death threats they got from people who believed his lies about Sandy Hook.

On Thursday, Mr. Jones tried to defend himself but broke the judge’s order not to talk about partisan politics or politicians. As Mr. Jones’s testimony began, he tried to make the trial about politics by saying that “crushing the globalists” was the most important thing to him.

At other times, he said he didn’t know that he and other Infowars staffers had attacked the families, the trial and the judge on his show. He also said he couldn’t remember things he had said as recently as the day before.

Mr. Mattei said that Mr. Jones had held press conferences in front of the courthouse, watched the trial online and called it a “kangaroo court” on his show. He has also made a website called “kangaroo court” to get people to help pay for his legal defense.

At one point, Mr. Mattei started a question to Mr. Jones by saying, “There’s going to be another mass shooting, isn’t there?”

Mr. Jones got in the way. He replied, “Are you saying I’m going to shoot people?” “Like it’s my fault, people think I killed the kids. And that’s my answer to you.” On Friday, Mr. Jones’s testimony will start up again.

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