Alex Jones grilled for calling Sandy Hook judge a ‘tyrant’

Alex Jones grilled for calling Sandy Hook judge a ‘tyrant’

Alex Jones was questioned on the stand Thursday for calling the judge a “tyrant” in her Sandy Hook libel trial, and was confronted by an Infowars meme that showed her with lasers shooting from her eyes.

An attorney for the families of the victims, who is suing Jones for calling the 2012 Connecticut school shooting a hoax, asked the conspiracy theorist if he believed Chief Judge Barbara Bellis was a tyrant, and if he calls so many people.

“Only when they act like that,” Jones replied.

Plaintiffs’ attorney Chris Mattei continued to draw Jones’s attention to a meme shared on his Infowars site that showed the judge with lasers coming out of her eyes, along with the word “Contempt!”

“One way you’ve been conveying to your audience that Judge Bellis has been acting like a tyrant is by showing her with lasers coming out of her eyes, right?” Mattei asked, as the image was shown on a screen inside the courtroom and Bellis herself looked on.

“I didn’t run that,” Jones, 48, responded. “The first time I saw him was in court.”

Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones takes the stand to testify in the Sandy Hook libel damages trial at Connecticut Superior Court in Waterbury, Connecticut, Thursday, September 22, 2022.
Alex Jones takes the stand to testify in the Sandy Hook libel damages trial in Connecticut Superior Court in Waterbury on September 22, 2022.
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Alex Jones immediately argued with attorney Chris Mattei.
Jones immediately got into an argument with attorney Chris Mattei about the meme.
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The far-right founder of Infowars took the stand on the seventh day of his trial stemming from a lawsuit filed by parents of some of the young Sandy Hook victims who claim Jones’s repeated lies that the massacre never happened caused them significant pain and suffering.

Jones held a news conference outside Waterbury High Court on Wednesday, criticizing the trial, as he has done on his Infowars show, calling it a “travesty of justice” and the judge a “tyrant.”

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He made similar comments ahead of his testimony on Thursday, which got off to a tense start when he immediately began training with Mattei.

Meme displayed in court depicting Presiding Judge Barbara Bellis with lasers coming out of her eyes
An Infowars image depicting Presiding Judge Barbara Bellis was shown in court.
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The attorney accused Jones of using the trial as a “marketing opportunity” on Infowars, pointing to a page on the website titled “Kangaroo Court” where fans could watch the trial live.

“You’ve been calling [this trial] a kangaroo court yourself, right? And you called the judge a tyrant? Mattei asked.

That’s when Jones reluctantly agreed to the statements, saying he only uses the term “tyrant” “when acting like one.”

The questioning quickly deteriorated, as Jones continued to shift ownership over the image.

Judge Barbara Bellis presided over her own insult.
Judge Barbara Bellis presided over her own insult.
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He and Mattei clashed throughout the proceedings, forcing the judge to remind both men several times to refrain from making excessive comments.

At one point, he seemed reluctant to meet Bellis’s eyes when she asked him to listen to her instructions.

When reminded that he could only answer “Yes”, “No” or “I don’t know”, Jones protested that “These are not ‘yes’ or ‘no’ questions!”

Jones and Judge Bellis face off Thursday morning.
Jones and Bellis face off Thursday morning in court.
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At another point, he demanded that Mattei refresh his memory on his own statement.

Mattei’s frustration came to a head when he asked Jones about a 2011 Rolling Stone profile.

Jones said he only “vaguely” remembered the interview, despite highlighting it on his website.

“Are you taking responsibility for anything, Mr. Jones?” Mattei asked.

Last month, Jones was found liable for spreading wild claims about the shootings at another Sandy Hook trial in Texas, with the grieving parents receiving nearly $50 million in damages for having been subject to the cruel claims for years.

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Families of Sandy Hook victims sit in the front row as Infowars founder Alex Jones testifies during the Sandy Hook libel damages trial.
Families of Sandy Hook victims sit in the front row as Jones testifies during the Sandy Hook defamation damages trial.
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Jones was reluctant to admit his own words.
Jones has now said he accepts the Sandy Hook massacre took place.
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Jones now states that he accepts that the shooting took place.

A jury of three men and three women in the ongoing trial in Waterbury, Connecticut, will decide how much Jones owes eight other families of victims, as well as an FBI agent who responded to the Newtown school shooting.

with post wires

Source : nypost.com

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