Alex Jones returned to the ether almost immediately on Friday after being ordered to pay nearly $50 million to Sandy Hook’s grieving parents – and he continued to insist the floors were stacked against him as he blamed George Soros and “clients” for his legal troubles.
This defiance was in stark contrast to the red-faced, flabby shock recorded on Mr Jones’ face during the trial when it was found that his lawyers had mistakenly sent incriminating evidence to the opposing attorney.
This week, media mogul Infowars, valued at nearly $270 million by an economic witness, lost the first of several trials against him for spreading conspiracy theories and misinformation. He has repeatedly insisted that the 2012 Sandy Hook school massacre in Newtown, Connecticut—when a gunman killed 20 elementary school children aged six to seven—was orchestrated as a hoax.
Mr. Jones eventually admitted under oath that the shooting was “100% real” and even shook hands with the victims’ relatives.
After awarding millions in damages, the conspiracy theorist resumed his bold and provocative character.
In Friday’s broadcast, he said billionaire George Soros and an unnamed gang “orchestrated and ran” a campaign against him. Jones also sought to testify to economist Bernard Pettingell Jr. and Judge Maya Guerra Gamble.
“This is beyond any court forged kangaroo ever,” he said Friday.
Despite acknowledging in court that a mass shooting had occurred in 2012—in contrast to his years of claiming otherwise and the deer expression in the headlights when caught in a lie—Mr Jones’s trademark rookie behavior was almost personal worldwide. Experience.
During a break on the first day, held impromptu press conference just a few feet from the courtroom doors and used the term “kangaroo court” in addition to “show trial,” claiming that The struggle for free speech under the First Amendment was in its strokes. On the first day, he arrived at the court with “Save the 1st” written on his mouth on a silver ribbon.
When he got to the courtroom, he was always escorted by three or four guards. Jones, who was not in court for sentencing, often skipped testimony to appear on his daily Infowars, as attacks on the judge and jury continued. During one performance, Jones said the jury was drawn from a group of people “who don’t know which planet they live on.”
Some legal experts told the Associated Press that they were surprised by Jones’ behavior and questioned whether it was a calculated risk to enhance his appeal to audiences.
“It’s the most bizarre behavior I’ve ever seen in a trial,” said Barry Coffert, a First Amendment attorney of Buffalo, New York. AP. “In my opinion, Jones is the juggernaut to make money – crazy as a fox. The bigger the scene, the better.”
Kevin Goldberg, a Maryland-based First Amendment specialist at Freedom Forum, said he found it hard to imagine what Jones might think and what benefit he derives from his behavior.
“I don’t know what it was designed to achieve other than to be on the Alex Jones brand,” Goldberg told The Associated Press. “It appears that this is a man who has built his brand… on disrespect for the institutions of government… and this court.”
Jones’ position notwithstanding, prosecutors and victims’ relatives somewhat felt the trial verdict.
“Alex Jones has been impeached”, chirp Plaintiff Scarlett Lewis, whose son Jesse, 6, was murdered in the Sandy Hook massacre. “Today’s jury proved that most of America is willing to choose love over fear and I will be forever grateful to them. Ironically, Alex Jones gave me a greater platform to share Jesse’s story and message.”