Houston attorney Federico Andino Renal, who blushed when it emerged that his team sent information incriminating an opponent’s attorney during the Texas defamation trial to Alex Jones, may face professional repercussions after the embarrassing incident.
Mr Renal admitted last week that a digital copy of the contents from the Infowars host’s phone – including texts and medical records – had been mistakenly sent to the plaintiffs’ legal team. The mixing led to a hilarious moment for opposition lawyers when they used the information to catch Jones in blatant lies during the oath.
“The revelation may have exposed Rinal to penalties in a different case, as well as possible allegations of misconduct by Jones, according to court documents and the attorneys after the trial,” Reuters mentioned.
Randy Johnston, a malpractice attorney in Dallas, told the news agency that Jones could file a malpractice lawsuit against his attorney, but would have to prove he would have gotten a better outcome from the Texas trial if the phone information wasn’t. Delivered.
Any complaint he makes is, basically, ‘but to my attorney, I would have been a successful liar,’ said Johnston.
He told Reuters that “information on Jones’ phone related to Sandy Hook’s allegations should have been provided to the plaintiffs before trial, as part of a court-monitored process known as discovery.”
“Once Jones’ lawyers found out that they had mistakenly shared phone records, they should have at least warned Jones before he was on the stand,” he said.
Johnston also told Reuters Sandy Hook’s parents could seek sanctions against lawyers “and possibly Jones for failing to share relevant parts of the phone data earlier, and there may be a judicial investigation into whether other information was not properly disclosed.”
Following Friday’s ruling, the legal team of prosecutors said to Judge Maya Guerra Gamble that they would seek sanctions against Jones’ lawyers on three matters, including telling a jury that their ruling would affect other people’s protected legal speech, Reuters reported.
Mr Renal told the news agency on Friday that his focus “has always been on the jury and on making the best case for Alex,” adding that the penalties sought against him could be for a “tactical advantage” by his opponents.
Jones spent nearly a decade promoting the conspiracy theory that the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre in Newtown, Connecticut—in which 20 children aged six to seven were killed by a gunman who stormed an elementary school—was a hoax.
He admitted during the trial that the atrocity had indeed occurred, and even shook hands with some of the victims’ relatives. Mr. Jones was ordered to pay nearly $50 million in damages but remained defiant in his broadcasts and his position.