Alex Jones returned to the airwaves almost immediately on Friday after being ordered to pay nearly $50 million to grieving Sandy Hook parents — and continued to insist the decks were stacked against him while blaming George Soros and “agents” for its legal problems.
That defiance contrasted sharply with the flushed, slack jaws that marked on Mr. Jones’ face during the trial when it was revealed that his lawyers had wrongly sent damning evidence to the opposing attorney.
This week, the Infowars media mogul, estimated to be worth about $270 million by an economist witness, lost the first of several lawsuits against him for spreading conspiracy theories and misinformation. He repeatedly insisted that the 2012 Sandy Hook school massacre in Newtown, Connecticut—when a gunman killed 20 six- and seven-year-olds at an elementary school—was staged as a hoax.
Mr Jones eventually admitted under oath that the shooting was “100% real” and even shook hands with relatives of the victims.
After the award of millions in damages, the conspiracy theorist resumed his brash and provocative personality.
In a Friday broadcast, he said billionaire philanthropist George Soros and an unnamed clique had “coordinated and led” a campaign against him. Mr. Jones also targeted economist Bernard Pettingill Jr and Judge Maya Guerra Gamble testifying.
“This is beyond any kangaroo-rigged court ever,” he said Friday.
Despite admitting in court that the mass shooting took place in 2012 — contrary to his longstanding claims it was otherwise and his deer-in-the-headlights expression when caught lying — his signature bullish attitude was of Mr. Jones almost a character himself throughout the film. process.
During a break on the first day, he held an impromptu press conference just a few feet from the courtroom doors and again used the term “kangaroo court” and “show trial,” claiming that his fight for free speech under the First Amendment was to be spurred. On the first day, he arrived at the courthouse with “Save the 1st” written on silver tape over his mouth.
Whenever he came to the courthouse, it was always with a security detail of three or four guards. Jones, who was not in court for the verdict, often skipped testimony to appear on his daily Infowars program, where the attacks on the judge and jury continued. During one show, Jones said the jury was made up of a group of people who “don’t know what planet they live on.”
Some legal experts told the The Bharat Express News that they were surprised by Jones’ behavior and wondered if it was a calculated risk to increase his fan appeal.
“It’s the most bizarre behavior I’ve ever seen in a trial,” attorney Barry Covert of Buffalo, NY, told the TBEN. “In my opinion, Jones is a money-making juggernaut – mad as a TBEN. The bigger the spectacle, the better.”
Kevin Goldberg, a First Amendment specialist at the Freedom Forum in Maryland, said he found it difficult to imagine what Jones might be thinking and what benefit he might gain from his behavior.
“I don’t know what it was designed for other than the brand is for Alex Jones,” Mr Goldberg told TBEN. “This appears to be a man who has built his brand … on disrespecting the institutions of the government … and this court.”
Despite Mr Jones’ stance, the plaintiffs and the victims’ relatives felt somewhat justified by the verdict.
“Alex Jones Was Held Responsible”, tweeted plaintiff Scarlett Lewis, whose son Jesse, 6, was killed in the Sandy Hook massacre. “Today the jury proved that most of America is ready to choose love over fear and I will be eternally grateful to them. Ironically, Alex Jones eventually gave me a bigger platform to share Jesse’s story and message.”