Alex Jones is back on TV almost immediately after being ordered to pay grieving Sandy Hook parents nearly $50 million – and he continues to insist that when he accused George Soros and ‘Agents’ of his These decks work against him when the law is in trouble.
The contempt was in stark contrast to the red-faced, slack-jawed shock that appeared on Mr Jones’ face during the trial, when his lawyers mistakenly sent the damning evidence to opposing lawyers.
This week, the Infowars media mogul, estimated to be worth about $270 million by an economist 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 children aged 6 and 7 at an elementary school — was a hoax.
Mr Jones eventually admitted under oath that the shooting was “100 per cent real”, even shaking hands with the victim’s relatives.
However, after awarding millions of dollars in damages, the conspiracy theorist has reverted to his brash and defiant role.
In a broadcast on Friday, he said billionaire philanthropist George Soros and an unnamed cabal “coordinated and launched” a campaign against him. Mr Jones is also aiming to testify for economist Bernard Pettinger Jr. and Judge Maya Gamble Gamble.
“This is beyond any kangaroo-operated pitch,” he said on Friday.
Despite admitting in court to the 2012 mass shooting – contrary to his claims over the years, and the look of a deer in his headlights when he was lying – Mr Jones’s trademark upbeat demeanor runs through almost A character in the whole story. trial.
On the first day off, he held a impromptu press conference Just feet from the court door and again using the terms “kangaroo court” and “show trial”, claiming his The fight for free speech under the First Amendment is being railroaded. On the first day, he arrived at the courthouse with a silver tape on his mouth that said “Save First”.
When he came to the court, there were always three or four guards of security. Jones did not appear in court for the verdict, and he often skipped testimony to appear on his daily Infowars show, and the assault on the judge and jury continued. During one performance, Jones said the jury was drawn from a group of people who “did not know what planet they lived on.”
Some legal experts told The Associated Press they were surprised by Jones’ actions and questioned whether it was a calculated risk to increase his appeal to fans.
“This is the strangest behavior I’ve ever seen in a trial,” Barry Covert, a First Amendment attorney in Buffalo, N.Y., told Associated Press. “Jones is, in my opinion, a money-making titan – crazy like a fox. The bigger the scene, the better.”
Kevin Goldberg, a First Amendment expert at the Maryland Freedom Forum, said he found it hard to imagine what Jones might be thinking and what he might gain from his actions.
“I don’t know what it was designed for other than to brand Alex Jones,” Mr Goldberg told The Associated Press. “It appears to be someone who is building his brand…on the basis of disrespect for government agencies…and this court.”
Despite Mr Jones’s attitude, the plaintiff and the victim’s relatives felt that the trial verdict was to some extent justified.
“Alex Jones is held accountable,” tweet Plaintiff Scarlett Lewis, whose 6-year-old son Jesse was killed in the Sandy Hook massacre. “Today the jury proved that the majority of Americans are ready to choose love over fear, and I will be forever grateful for them. The irony is that Alex Jones ended up giving me a bigger platform to share Jesse stories and information.”