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Judge in Alex Jones trial won't prevent Sandy Hook lawyers from handing Jones' text messages to the Jan. 6 panel

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Mark Bankston, lawyer for Neil Heslin and Scarlett Lewis, asks Alex Jones questions about text messages during trial at the Travis County Courthouse in Austin, Wednesday Aug. 3, 2022. Briana Sanchez/Austin American-Statesman via AP, Pool © Briana Sanchez/Austin American-Statesman via AP, Pool Mark Bankston, lawyer for Neil Heslin and Scarlett Lewis, asks Alex Jones questions about text messages during trial at the Travis County Courthouse in Austin, Wednesday Aug. 3, 2022. Briana Sanchez/Austin American-Statesman via AP, Pool
  • Alex Jones' attorneys mistakenly sent Jones' phone contents to a Sandy Hook family's lawyer.
  • That lawyer said he planned to hand over the records to the Jan. 6 panel unless the judge said otherwise.
  • The Jan. 6 committee had hoped to obtain Jones' phone to understand his role in the Capitol riot.

The judge presiding over the Sandy Hook defamation trial against Alex Jones has no intentions of stopping the plaintiff's lawyers from handing Jones' text messages to the January 6 panel, according to The New York Times.

The Times reported on Friday that Judge Maya Guerra Gamble said she would not prevent lawyers representing Sandy Hook parents from turning over Jones' phone contents that the plaintiff's attorneys said were mistakenly forwarded to them.

Mark Bankston, one of the lawyers representing the parents, previously stated in court that federal law enforcement and the Jan. 6 committee investigating the Capitol riot had asked for the contents of Jones' phones. Bankston said he planned to turn them over unless he was instructed otherwise by the judge.

"I certainly intend to do that, unless you tell me not to," he said.


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The judge said on Friday that she thought the lawyers had already turned over the contents, per The Times.

About two weeks ago, Alex Jones' attorneys accidentally forwarded phone data going back two years to the plaintiff's attorneys, according to Bankston. Jones' attorneys hoped to no avail that the lawyers would return the material.

Citing anonymous sources, Rolling Stone reported that the House select committee is planning to request the plaintiff's attorneys for the data.

The panel has had a keen interest in documents related to Jones and his potential role in the Capitol attack.

In November, the panel subpoenaed the far-right media commentator because he was known to have helped organize the rally at the Ellipse near the White House shortly before the Capitol was breached.

Bankston said outside the courthouse on Thursday that he was unsure if it "even covers the time period they are interested," according to PBS.

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