Could Alex Jones go to jail if he loses the Sandy Hook defamation trial?
Shocking news out of the defamation trial against Alex Jones: he lied openly in court. Could he go to prison?
Yesterday was a tough day in court for conspiracy theorist and InfoWars owner Alex Jones.
Jones is being sued by the parents of the victims of the Sandy Hook Massacre over his comments that the event was a false flag operation and that their children did not die on that tragic December day.
The public and the courtroom learned some shocking revelations during the trial on 3 August, when the prosecution told Jones that his legal team had sent him all his texts and e-mails from the last few years. This came after he testified that he did not have any communications that mentioned Sandy Hook, which means that Jones perjured himself. While the initial charges brought against the InfoWars host did not carry the possibility of jail time, perjury, if deemed extreme enough, does.
It is unclear whether or not the transfer of communication materials from the defense to the prosecution was intentional. Most believe it was accidental as it would not be the best legal strategy to have your client perjurer themselves multiple times.
Could Alex Jones face prison time?
Legal experts have also said that the type of perjury committed by Jones carries up to ten years in prison if convicted. It is unclear whether the chargers will be brought during this case or must be filed separately.
As for the defamation case, Jones is unlikely to spend time behind bars. However, he may be mandated to pay the parents up to $150 million in damages. Mark Bankston, the lawyer for the parents, became frustrated with Jones, who said that he was bankrupt, implying that he would not be able to comply with the payout. However, the jury heard that during a “good week,” InfoWars was making $800,000 a day in 2018. Jones has long tried to obscure his total wealth, but with such large inflows, it is unlikely that he would be unable to comply with whatever the court’s final decision is.
January 6th committee seeks Jones’ phone records
It turns out Jones’ phone records are the subject of much interest, both within and outside this case.
Rolling Stone was told by those close to the congressional committee investigating the January 6th attack that they are preparing to request the communications obtained by the plaintiffs in Jones’ case. Jones was present during Donald Trump’s speech at the ellipse and has also used his platform to pedal election conspiracies, and the texts could shed light on Jones’ behind-the-scenes knowledge.