Alex Jones is set to testify in the Sandy Hook lie trial

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Video Above: Alex Jones Makes Remarks Outside Court Seven days into his trial for calling the Sandy Hook school shooting a hoax, conspiracy theorist Alex Jones is expected to make his first court appearance and begin testifying Thursday when he and his lawyer are trying to limit the damages he must pay to the families who lost loved ones in the massacre. Jones was in Connecticut this week preparing to testify, but made only a brief appearance at the courthouse Tuesday and did not enter the courtroom. In comments outside the courthouse in Waterbury, about 20 miles from the scene of the 2012 Newtown shooting, the Infowars host called the trial a “crooked justice” and the judge a “tyrant.” 20 first-graders and six teachers died. at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Several relatives of the victims, meanwhile, gave emotional testimony during the trial that people were traumatized by people calling the shooting a hoax, including confrontations at their homes and in public and messages including death and rape threats. The plaintiffs include the FBI agent who responded to the shooting and relatives of the eight victims. Last year, Judge Barbara Bellis found Jones liable for damages to the plaintiffs out of court as punishment for what she called his repeated refusals to turn over documents to his attorneys. Only a six-member jury will decide how much Jones and Free Speech Systems, the parent company of Infowars, must pay the families for defaming them and intentionally causing emotional distress. Bellis said in court Wednesday that she was willing to accept any incendiary testimony from Jones, in contempt if necessary. Video below: Alex Jones ordered to pay more than $49 million. Bellis is also expected to tell Jones, when he makes his first appearance and with no jurors in the courtroom, what topics he can’t talk about — including free speech rights and the $73 million settlement of Sandy Hook families earlier in the this year with gun manufacturer Remington, which produced the Bushmaster rifle used to kill the Sandy Hook victims. Jones has also been found guilty by default in two similar fraud trials in his hometown of Austin, Texas, where a jury last month ordered Jones to pay nearly $50 million in damages to the parents of one of the children killed. led A third trial in Texas is expected to begin near the end of the year. When Jones faced a jury in Texas last month and testified under oath, he toned down his rhetoric. He said he realized the bogus lie was irresponsible and the school shooting was “100% real.” “I was unwittingly involved in things that hurt these people’s feelings,” testified Jones, who also admitted to making conspiracy claims about other mass tragedies, from the Oklahoma City bombing and the Boston Marathon to the Las Vegas and Parkland mass shootings. of Florida, “and I apologize for that.” Jones portrayed the Sandy Hook shooting as orchestrated by crisis actors as part of gun control efforts. the current trial also focused on website analytics data run by Infowars employees showing sales of dietary supplements, food, clothing and other items spiked around the time Jones spoke about the Sandy Hook shooting. The evidence, including internal Infowars emails and testimony, shows disagreements within the company over the spread of falsehoods. Video below: A family affected by the Sandy Hook shooting responds to Alex Jones’ sentencing. Jones’ lawyer, Norman Pattis, has argued that any damages should be limited and has accused the victims’ relatives of exaggerating the harm caused by his lies. Relatives testified that they continue to fear for their safety because of what the con-believers have done and may do. Jennifer Hensel, whose 6 Among those killed was a 1-year-old daughter, Avielle Richman, said Wednesday that she still monitors her surroundings, even checking the backseat of her car for safety reasons. She said she was trying to protect her two children, ages 7 and 5, from the lies. A juror cried during testimony. “They are so young,” she said of her children. “Their innocence is so beautiful right now. And at some point there’s a horde of people out there who can hurt them.”

Video above: Alex Jones makes remarks outside the court

Seven days after going on trial for calling the Sandy Hook school shooting a hoax, conspiracy theorist Alex Jones is expected to appear in court for the first time and begin testifying Thursday as he and his attorney try to limit the damage that he must pay the families who lost loved ones in the massacre.

Jones was in Connecticut this week preparing to testify, but made a brief appearance at the courthouse Tuesday and did not enter the courtroom. In comments outside the Waterbury courthouse, about 20 miles from the site of the 2012 Newtown shooting, the Infowars host called the trial a “crooked justice” and the judge a “tyrant.”

Twenty first graders and six teachers were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Meanwhile, several relatives of the victims gave emotional testimony during the trial about being traumatized by people calling the shooting a fake, including confrontations at their homes and in public, and messages including death and rape threats. The plaintiffs include the FBI agent who responded to the shooting and relatives of the eight victims.

Last year, Judge Barbara Bellis found Jones liable by default for compensating the plaintiffs without trial as punishment for what she called his repeated refusals to turn over documents to their attorneys. Only a six-person jury will decide how much Jones and Free Speech Systems, the parent company of Infowars, should pay the families for defaming them and intentionally causing emotional distress.

Bellis said in court Wednesday that she was willing to take any inflammatory testimony from Jones in contempt if necessary.

Video below: Alex Jones ordered to pay more than $49 million

Bellis is also expected to tell Jones in his first nonjury courtroom appearance what topics he can’t talk about, including free speech rights and the $73 million Sandy Hook families’ early settlement this year with gun manufacturer Remington, which made the Bushmaster rifle used to kill the victims at Sandy Hook.

Jones was also found guilty by default in two similar perjury trials in his hometown of Austin, Texas, where a jury last month ordered Jones to pay nearly $50 million in damages to the parents of one of the children. killed A third trial in Texas is expected to begin near the end of the year.

When Jones faced a jury in Texas last month and testified under oath, he toned down his rhetoric. He said he realized the lie was irresponsible and that the school shooting was “100% real.”

“I was unwittingly involved in things that hurt these people’s feelings,” testified Jones, who also admitted to making conspiracy claims about other mass tragedies, from the Oklahoma City and Boston Marathon bombings to the Las Vegas and Parkland mass shootings. Florida State, “and I’m sorry for that.”

Jones portrayed the Sandy Hook shooting as being orchestrated by anti-gun actors.

Testimony at the current trial also focused on website analytics conducted by Infowars staff that show sales of dietary supplements, food, clothing and other items spiked around the time Jones spoke about the Sandy Hook shooting.

Evidence, including internal Infowars emails and depositions, also shows disagreements within the company over the spread of falsehoods.

Video below: Sandy Hook shooting family responds to Alex Jones verdict

Jones’ lawyer, Norman Pattis, has argued that any damages should be limited, and accused the victims’ relatives of exaggerating the harm caused by his lies.

Relatives testified that they continue to fear for their safety because of what the con-believers have done and may do.

Jennifer Hensel, whose 6-year-old daughter, Avielle Richman, was among those killed, said Wednesday that she continues to monitor her surroundings, even checking the backseat of her car for safety reasons. She said she was trying to protect her two children, ages 7 and 5, from the lies. During the testimony, the juror cried.

“They are so young,” she said of her children. “Their innocence is so beautiful right now. And at some point there’s a horde of people out there who can hurt them.”

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