Alex Jones Rants at 'Damn Lawyers' After Sandy Hook Trial

Far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones complained about his lawyers on his InfoWars show following an order from a judge to pay one of the Sandy Hook families $4.1 million in damages.

Sandy Hook parents Neil Heslin and Scarlett Lewis, whose six-year-old son Jesse Lewis was killed in the school shooting, had initially asked the jury to order Jones to pay up to $150 million in damages.

Despite the much lower figure, they are reported to be "thrilled" by the actions of the jury in the defamation trial. The $4.1 million doesn't include punitive damages, which will be decided on Friday, and any additional sanctions pending before the court.

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U.S. far-right radio show Alex Jones speaks to supporters of Donald Trump as they demonstrate in Washington, DC, on December 12, 2020. Alex Jones complained about his lawyers after a judge ordered him to pay one of the Sandy Hook families $4.1 million in damages. Oliver Douliery/Getty

Trials in Texas and Connecticut previously found Jones liable for falsely claiming that the the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting of December 14, 2012, in Newtown, Connecticut, was a hoax acted out by "crisis actors" with the aim of promoting gun control legislation.

The incident was the country's worst-ever elementary school shooting and resulted in the deaths of 20 children and six adults.

Damages haven't yet been decided in the Connecticut trial, while the Texas jury is set to meet on Friday to determine punitive damages

Earlier in the week, a clip from the trial went viral. It was announced by prosecuting attorney Mark Bankston that Jones's lawyers had mistakenly sent Bankston an entire digital copy of all the text messages Jones had sent over the last two years.

Jones had previously said, under oath, that he had looked through his phone and there were no text messages about the Sandy Hook shooting.

During his show, on Thursday, Jones attempted to defend himself while criticising his lawyers.

Jones played a clip from the trial where he was told that at anytime he could invoke his right to use the Fifth Amendment. The Fifth Amendment includes a clause about self-incrimination meaning an individual is protected from intentionally or unintentionally providing information that will suggest they were involved in a crime.

He went on to say: "'You can invoke your Fifth Amendment'. At that point my lawyer should have got up at that point and said, I'm not attacking it is just a fact, 'show us the deposition'.

"The guys deposed me, Bankston deposed me, three or four times?

"And I've been deposed four times by Connecticut but I never talked to them so I am defaulted.

"They have got all this stuff and I did search one of my phones and it didn't have Sandy Hook stuff in it.

"And then they came back and said well they are saying you are hiding it, you have the old phones.

"Tore the office apart and I just said here, go search it and give it to the damn lawyers because I wasn't talking about Sandy Hook, I don't care about Sandy Hook, we don't cover it other than when they force us to.

"It is just so incredibly sick that I sit there and give the damn lawyers all the text messages and then they send it over to Connecticut, the Texas lawyers, before the new ones I have, never even gave them the stuff I gave them.

"That is what they claim, then I am sitting there, in the final witness, in a trial where I have already been found guilty by the judge, for not giving stuff over and my lawyers give them the raw text messages of six months from 2019, early 2020, that is the reality.

"Then I see a text message from Paul Watson saying this story sounds like 'Sandy Hook Bull', a story about Covid. How is that even pertinent, how is that lying about something."

Newsweek has contacted Alex Jones for comment.