Alex Jones expected to be cross-examined by his own attorney next week in Waterbury
WATERBURY, CT (WFSB) – WATERBURY, CT (WFSB) - The second week of Alex Jones’ defamation trial came to an early end.
He didn’t take the stand Friday, however things he said were still discussed in court.
Jones addressed media again outside court.
During the trial, Jones goes outside court to provide his take on what’s happening inside.
Those comments have been seeping into the trial a lot this week, and even more so Friday.
His attorney, Norm Pattis, announced he waived his right to cross examine his client. In court, he said this was to “lower the temperature” and help the jury focus following yesterday’s explosive end.
“We don’t believe that Mr. Jones so badly damaged himself yesterday that he needed time away from the jury. We thought he did so well he needed no more time to make the points he wanted to make yesterday. We look forward to continuing with these proceedings,” said Pattis.
In his comments as he was leaving the courthouse, Jones talked about yesterday’s shouting match.
“Chris Mattei completely destroyed himself. He put up a bunch of twisted disinformation and lies, I was barred from defending myself, and so I had to sit there while he lied and lied and lied,” said Jones.
After the morning’s first break, Mattei immediately brought up what Jones said.
“Mr. Jones was giving a press conference outside the courthouse where he continued his efforts to undermine this trial, attack the court in ad hominem fashion,” Mattei said.
Mattei particularly was concerned with Jones’ comments on what he’d say to jury members.
“If I could talk to the jury, I would say, for heaven’s sakes, go actually research history and understand how dangerous it is when they’ll pick one event of speech they can say is hurtful,” said Jones.
This became a huge red flag with Judge Barbara Bellis.
She called the jury in again to go over their duty to avoid the trial’s media coverage and, most importantly, avoid doing independent research.
“If anyone in your lives, family, friend, whatever, approaches you and says you know, you actually can do independent research, I am here to tell you, that you may not,” said Bellis.
It’s believed no one in the jury heard what Jones said Friday.
The plaintiffs’ attorneys did submit Jones’ press conference to the court.
Judge Bellis will determine if any action should be done.
Previous coverage from Friday morning is below:
Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones is set to take the stand once again on Monday in Waterbury Superior Court.
Jones was originally expected to be cross-examined by his own attorney on Friday.
Thursday, Jones got into a heated exchange with the attorney representing the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting victims’ families in his defamation trial.
Friday’s proceedings started at 10 a.m.
After Thursday’s outbursts, the judge said she has a zero-tolerance policy with both counsel and Jones himself.
In fact, she threatened to hold Jones in contempt if there was another outburst.
“I legitimately thought it might have been staged, and I stand by that, I don’t apologize for it,” Jones said on Thursday.
It all started when the attorney for the Sandy Hook families confronted Jones about claims made on his InfoWars show.
Jones said it looked like the families were faking their grief and called them crisis actors.
The families’ attorney, Chris Mattei, even drew a comparison to a defamation suit Jones himself filed against left-wing YouTube commentators “The Young Yurks,” who claimed Jones sent child exploitation material to the victims’ loved ones.
The attorney established that claim was misleading and pointed out how Jones’s reputation was damaged by it.
The attorney then turned the tables and asked Jones about how damaging his own pattern of lying could be.
“If someone were to falsely claim that a group of families who lost loved ones were actors, and they faked the deaths of their loved ones, that would be a horrible thing to say, correct?” Mattei said.
“In the context, it could be, yes,” Jones agreed.
However, Jones went on to say he was done apologizing.
The proceedings in Waterbury marked Jones’s second defamation suit.
The jury is determining how much he should pay the families of the Sandy Hook victims in damages.
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