Wednesday, April 17

Alex Jones’ cellphone records were mistakenly shared with Sandy Hook attorney, lawyer says

AUSTIN, Texas — Alex Jones’ lawyers may have mistakenly sent a digital copy of his personal cellphone containing years worth of emails and text messages to a legal team that is suing Jones for defamation, one of the plaintiff’s attorneys revealed Wednesday.

During parts of his testimony stretching over two days, Jones repeatedly told jurors that he does not use email and that he had searched the contents of his phone for messages pertaining to Sandy Hook after he was sued by several family members of the victims for falsely saying the massacre was a hoax.

Jones said that his phone search, done during the discovery phase of the trial, did not turn up any relevant messages. Texas Judge Maya Guerra Gamble has already ruled in favor of Sandy Hook parents Neil Heslin and Scarlett Lewis by default, saying that Jones did not comply with the rules of discovery in the case.

Mark Bankston, who is representing Heslin and Lewis in their defamation case against Jones, asked the Infowars host again on Wednesday whether he had an email account or used text messages to discuss Sandy Hook. Jones’ reply to both questions, under oath, was that he did not.

“Twelve days ago, your attorneys messed up and sent me a digital copy of every text,” Bankston said. “Do you know what perjury is?”

Among the messages that Bankston showed to Jones and the jury were text messages between Jones and Infowars employees discussing the company’s finances. Another message included a warning from one of Jones’ producers that the site’s coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic contained falsehoods that were reminiscent of debunked theories Jones had spread about Sandy Hook.

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Bankston, grilling Jones about his emails and text messages, told Jones, “When your attorneys sent me your whole phone, they didn’t mean to do that.”

Jones’ attorney, F. Andino Reynal, objected to the statement, prompting Judge Gamble to advise the jury that no evidence had been presented to show that the emails or texts had been shared by mistake. However, she also noted for the jury that any records relevant to the case should have been provided to the plaintiffs months ago during discovery.

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