After a disastrous first day on the witness stand, Alex Jones renounced testimony in Friday’s Connecticut libel trial and returned to Texas — but not before erupting in a frenzy of diatribes outside the courthouse about the “rigged” trial.
Things faltered on Thursday almost immediately after the right-wing conspiracy theorist began his testimony, with Jones’ antics once prompting Judge Barbara Bellis to ask his attorney if he needed to be physically restrained from speaking. During his testimony, Jones called opposing attorneys “ambulance chasers” and suggested one of them was part of a “mafia” family that controlled Connecticut.
“Is this a fight session, are we in China?” Jones broke out at one point. “I’ve apologized hundreds of times, and I’m tired of saying I’m sorry.”
A jury of six will determine how much Jones owes to the eight families and a retired FBI agent who are suing him after they say they have been bombarded with death threats and relentless abuse from supporters of the conspiracy theorist behind the Sandy Hook shooting -School 2012 dismissed as having had a scam. The 20 children and six teachers who died at the Newtown, Connecticut, elementary school were nothing more than “crisis actors” being used by the government to rally support for tougher gun laws, Jones said at the time.
Last month, in a similar lawsuit, Jones was ordered to pay nearly $50 million to the parents of Jesse Lewis, a 6-year-old boy who died in the Sandy Hook massacre.
“I can’t even describe the last nine and a half years, the hell on earth I and others have endured because of Alex Jones’ recklessness and negligence,” said Lewis’ father Neil Heslin in the stands.
In court Friday morning, Jones’ attorney, Norm Pattis, told Bellis he would not be putting his client back on the witness stand today to try to “lower the temperature.” Instead, Jones will be back next week, Pattis said.
Outside, where Jones was – apparently – not under oath, he held a different kind of court before a group of reporters.
“Everything I say here, I’m not allowed to say there,” Jones complained, calling the trial a “show trial” that wouldn’t be out of place in North Korea. (In reality, Bellis has banned Jones from saying certain things about the financial condition of his wildly popular Infowars webcast because he refused to participate in the discovery process.)
“Basically, it would be like a boxing match where a guy has his arms tied behind his back and he has a gag in his mouth,” Jones incorrectly claimed. “So this is totally manipulated. It is an absolute, total fraud.”
Jones continued his open-air address, accusing Chris Mattei, the attorney representing the eight Sandy Hook families and retired FBI agent William Aldenberg, of being “completely out of control.” [on Thursday]trying to piss me off, trying to get me out of control.” He claimed Mattei was hoping for a “big cryfest because they’re trying to siphon money from people.”
Jones, whose net worth is estimated at around $270 million, then yelled poverty and insisted the millions his company generates are not going back to him.
“The good news is I barely have any money, despite what they lie about the press, okay?” Jones croaked. “You know, we might have gross sales of $6 million a year. But then I have all this crew and all this publicity, all the legal fees, and I’m getting a couple million dollars a year after paying taxes. After paying for everything else, I’m almost out of money. So it’s a joke. I’m bankrupt.”
He claimed that people are “hungry for genuine independent analysis, commentary and opinion,” and compared himself to mainstream talk radio hosts like Don Imus and Howard Stern.
“But instead, I’m a populist, conservative, nationalist, patriotic Christian,” Jones said.
Before hastily leaving, Jones yelled, “They want your freedom of speech. They want your guns. They want your whole world. They want your whole life. But at the end of the day America wakes up to them and the deep state… Alright folks – Infowars.com.”
Back inside, Mattei Bellis said that Jones held an impromptu press conference during which he asked the jury to independently research the facts of the case before them. This, of course, violates the rules of the court. The clerk told Bellis that four of the six jurors left the building during the break. Bellis feared they might have overheard Jones’ distraught monologue, but the clerk believed they hadn’t gone through the front where Jones was.
In Jones’ defense, Pattis Bellis said that Jones is not under a gag order and that he left because the press never shakes him fairly.
As Bellis brought the jury back into the courtroom, she told them to ignore Jones’ request that they do their own research.
“You must follow my instructions and I am very confident that you will do that,” she said before dismissing them for the weekend.
Following Jones’ outbursts in the courtroom on Thursday, Bellis said the bank would begin enforcing a “zero tolerance” policy with contempt charges for violators.
“He’s just not able to control himself in any way,” Jones’ ex-wife Kelly told The Daily Beast earlier this month. “He’s not a person who has a consciousness like you and I… The jury trial Alex faces as he engages in behaviors to get his audience to send him more money will be his day of reckoning.” “
The process will continue on Tuesday.
https://www.thedailybeast.com/alex-jones-halts-testimony-to-cool-off-after-disastrous-day-in-court?source=articles&via=rss Alex Jones stops testimony to cool off after a disastrous day in court