“Infowars” host Alex Jones decided against taking the stand on the second day of testimony in Waterbury, Connecticut, Friday, where a six-person jury will decide on punitive and compensatory damages he owes families of the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre.
The family members have said that their lives were further turned upside down by his false claims that the mass shooting was a hoax meant to influence public sentient with regards to gun control measures.
Jones’ first day on the stand Thursday went off the rails when the bombastic right-wing pundit told an attorney representing eight families harassed by Jones’ fans in the aftermath of his dubious reporting, “I’m done saying I’m sorry.”
The plaintiff’s attorney told the court shortly after 11:30 a.m. Friday that they had been informed that the defendant was returning to his Texas home. Jones’ lawyer told the court that his client intends to speak to the media Friday.
Judge Barbara Bellis said Friday that the defense had decided not to questions Jones at this time, which is its right. Bellas asked attorneys if it was true that outside the courthouse, Jones said jurors should do “their own research.” That would be a violation of the court’s instructions to jurors that they avoid coverage of the trial. There was uncertainly inside the courtroom as to what Jones intended.
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