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NEWTOWN — The parents of a slain Sandy Hook boy who won $49 million in defamation damages from Alex Jones argue in new court papers that their “enormous verdict” would have been larger if not for the “serial abuses” and “rampant misconduct” by Jones and his attorney.
“There is no question that (Jones attorney Andino) Reynal’s extensive misconduct and introduction of inadmissible matters injected prejudicial issues into the jury deliberations,” reads a motion for sanctions by the parents’ attorneys. “Alex Jones should be sanctioned for giving false testimony to cover up his discovery obstruction.”
Jones, who’s garnered national media attention in Connecticut where a jury trial began last week to determine how much he must pay eight Sandy Hook families and an FBI agent he defamed, could not be reached for comment Monday at the Austin, Texas headquarters of his Infowars conspiracy broadcast and merchandising business.
Jones’ attorney Reynal was in court on Monday and was also not available to comment on the parents’ motion for sanctions in Texas.
Specifically, the parents’ argue Jones and his attorney should be sanctioned because Jones discussed his trial as it was happening on his Infowars program in defiance of the judge’s order, because Jones’ attorney was “intentionally sabotaging the jury with false and inadmissible testimony,” and because Jones had testified that there were no text messages on his phone related to the Sandy Hook lawsuits when evidence later turned up that there were such texts on Jones’ phone, the court motion reads. The parents' attorney revealed in dramatic fashion during Jones' testimony that he had received the Infowars host's cellphone records, apparently by mistake from Jones' lawyer.
“While Mr. Jones’ obstruction has reached absurd lengths throughout the case, his testimony at trial demonstrates his willingness to lie under oath to conceal his misconduct,” reads the parents’ motion for sanctions, written by their lead attorney Mark Bankston.
The parents’ request to make Jones and his attorney pay for “the rampant misconduct… including all attorney’s fees incurred in connection with the (Texas) trial and all other appropriate remedial sanctions” comes as Sandy Hook families prepare for the continuation of the Connecticut trial on Tuesday in Waterbury, where Jones is expected to take the stand before the end of the week.
Just as in the Texas trial that ended in early August where testimony was supposed to be limited to determining damages Jones had to pay the parents of the slain Sandy Hook boy, Jones won’t be able to say he’s innocent when he comes to Connecticut.
The reason: Jones was found liable for defamation in 2021 by default, when state Superior Court Judge Barbara Bellis ruled Jones had abused the pretrial process for the last time. Jones was defaulted and found liable in two other defamation cases in Texas — the case that just concluded with the $49 million award in August, and a case that is scheduled for trial in December, where a jury will decide how much Jones must pay the parents of another slain Sandy Hook boy Jones defamed.
The parents’ motion to sanction Jones and his attorney for trial misconduct recalls some of the most memorable confrontations with Texas District Court Judge Maya Guerra Gamble during the livestreamed trial in Austin.
“Mr. Jones, you may not say to this jury that you complied with discovery. That is not true. You may not say it again,” the judge warned Jones at one point after the jury had been dismissed during the explosive second week of the trial. “Yes or no, do you understand what I have said?”
“Yes,” Jones replied. “I believe what I said was true.”
“You believe everything you say is true, but it isn’t,” the judge said. “Your beliefs do not make something true. That is what we’re doing here.”
At another point during the trial, after Guerra Gamble determined that Jones and Infowars personality Owen Shroyer had discussed the day’s trial on Jones’ live broadcast in defiance of her instructions that witnesses could not discuss the case with each other, the judge admonished Jones’ attorney Reynal.
“Did you follow my instructions?” Guerra Gamble asked Reynal.
“Clearly not the way your honor intended,” Reynal said. “I can assure your honor that they did not discuss anybody’s testimony…I misunderstood based on my experience and my practice.”