Trial of Alex Jones live: Sandy Hook witness resumes after lunch as Infowars host discusses ‘deep state’ conspiracy

The jury was shown a video of Alex Jones mocking Sandy Hook’s parents

Alex Jones testifies in his second libel trial against the families of victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting that he branded a hoax.

The Infowars conspiracy theorist’s testimony follows his repeated outbursts outside the courthouse this week, where he called presiding judge Barbara Bellis “a bully,” railed at the media’s portrayal of developments in his company’s bankruptcy case, and insisted he didn’t had lied about the 2012 massacre “on purpose”.

Relatives of two Sandy Hook victims took the stand on Wednesday and told how they faced years of heinous threats over Jones’ outrageous claims about the shooting.

The jury was shown several videos of Jones making these claims in broadcasts worth millions, including mocking victims’ parents as “crisis actors” and displaying completely false information about the day’s events.

The jury also heard how Jones’ audience and earnings grew exponentially in the wake of the tragedy.

The jury will decide how much to pay the families of eight victims and the FBI agent who responded to the shooting.

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Jury sent out of courtroom

Prosecutors want to play a video of a 9/11 truther that they will present in court as evidence without a jury.

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Jones questioned Dan Bidondi, who was harassing Newtown officials

Dan Bidondi has been accused of harassing the families of victims and officials of Sandy Hook and the Boston Marathon bombing in segments for Infowars.

Chris Mattei told the court that after Jones was sued by the families in 2018, he immediately asked his executive director when Infowars last paid him.

Jones denied knowing details about it, telling the jury, “It’s all just bleeding together, that was years ago, I don’t remember.”

The court was then shown a video of Bidondi allegedly harassing Newtown officials and asking them, “You guys trying to cover up Sandy Hook?”

Mr Mattei asked Jones why he nicknamed him “the octopus”, which Jones denied knowing anything about.

Jones then said he doesn’t remember if Infowars live streamed the video of Bidondi.

“I can’t remember what happened on my show two weeks ago,” Jones said. “There’s a lot of on-air stuff.”

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Jones refuses to respond when members of his audience have “committed violence.”

“I can’t answer that,” he told the court.

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Jones agrees that he called Sandy Hook “wrong.” ‘synthetic’ and a ‘total hoax’

Jones agreed with the families’ attorney, Chris Mattei, that he used the descriptions for the massacre

“There was a point where I thought it was probably a hoax,” Jones said before the judge made the comment.

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Jury returns from lunch break

Alex Jones is back on the stand as the case moves forward in Connecticut.

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Alex Jones begins combative trial testimony about Sandy Hook’s lies

Alex Jones began his fierce testimony in his libel case over his lies about the Sandy Hook massacre by promoting another wild conspiracy – this time about the so-called “deep state.”

The far-right conspiracy theorist took a stand Thursday in his second libel trial, where a jury will decide how much in damages he has to pay to victims’ families for lying that the 2012 mass shooting was a “hoax” and that the 26 people killed were killed Victims were “actors”.

Rachel Sharp watches the proceedings for The Independent.

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Watch: Judge reprimands Jones for speaking out of turn

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This is a discussion of the definition of a Potemkin village – a physical facility to encourage an untruth – “and whether Jones recalls taunting parents by saying they laughed and feigned crying, and whether there is a broader one Sandy Hook conspiracy existed.

Video is shown of a testimony in which Jones testified that Sandy Hook was a Potemkin village and that a tight-knit group consisting of all of the parents were involved in the scam.

Lunch break until 2:00 p.m.

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There was a tense moment in court as all parties tried to figure out how Jones could answer questions in a way that didn’t get him into areas he’s forbidden by the court to speak about.

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Looking at The Young Turks’ tweet, it is noticeable that it only received 20 retweets.

Mr Mattei refers to Mr Watts’ testimony earlier in the trial, which calculated that at least 550 million people had been exposed to Jones’ lies about the Sandy Hook families.

Jones calls the character “absurd”.

Mattei asks, “If someone said that a group of families were falsely accused of lying about the death of loved ones, that would be a terrible accusation, wouldn’t it?”

He is asked if it is reasonable to assume that crediting them as actors over the years would harm the Sandy Hook families. Jones says he cannot answer the question truthfully without violating the court’s orders.

The jury is sent out again.