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Alex Jones 'boycotting' trial, flees on private jet as lawyer seeks to dismiss case

Washington Examiner logo Washington Examiner 10/5/2022 Kaelan Deese
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Conspiracy peddler and InfoWars founder Alex Jones fled his defamation trial Wednesday over his false claims about the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, according to Jones's attorney, who said his client was "boycotting" the trial.

Jones left Connecticut on a private jet headed to Texas after he was due to testify a second time for spreading misinformation about the Sandy Hook shooting. His decision to opt out of testimony was not unprecedented given that he evaded a portion of the trial last month and commented on Tuesday that he planned to plead his Fifth Amendment right to remain silent.

ALEX JONES DITCHES SANDY HOOK HOAX CLAIMS TRIAL, WILL RETURN FOR TESTIMONY NEXT WEEK

“Not because I’m guilty, but because she [the judge] says if I tell the truth, she’ll put me in the Waterbury jail for six months. That’s what she can do,” Jones said at a press conference on Tuesday.

Norm Pattis, Jones’s lawyer, told Judge Barbara Bellis that his client has “chosen to boycott” the trial on Wednesday morning.

Although Bellis appeared flustered and said she "is not having any of that," she later called jurors back into the courtroom on Wednesday to inform them that the evidence-gathering period would be wrapping up and they would be sent home, with deliberations planning to begin on Thursday.

Pattis also made a long-shot attempt to dismiss the lawsuit against Jones Wednesday, saying that its purpose is to "silence Alex Jones" and that the Connecticut Unfair Trade Practices Act, which places no maximum monetary capacity for penalizing violations of the act, was being used improperly to accomplish such goals.

As part of the trial's rules, Jones is not permitted to discuss topics ranging from free speech rights and whether he profited from shows that discussed the Sandy Hook shooting.

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The plaintiffs in the Connecticut trial include the families of eight school shooting victims, school employees, and one FBI agent who responded to the scene in 2012. The lawsuits were consolidated into one when the trial commenced last month.

Bellis issued a default ruling in November 2021 that Jones is liable for his false claims, meaning the jury's only decision is to determine the damages awarded to the plaintiffs. A specific figure has not been cited in court, but an attorney for one of the families last week asked jurors to “send a message” to the public with their decision.

 

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