Lawyers in Alex Jones’ defamation trial agreed Friday that he will return to testify next week after a tumultuous hearing Thursday about his spreading the lie that the 2012 Sandy Hook school massacre — in which murdered 20 children and six teachers—it was just a hoax.
Jones’ attorney, Norm Pattis, told the judge he was giving up his right to cross-examine Jones and will call him to testify next week as a defense witness.
“We think this will make the process easier, lower the temperature and help the jury focus on what they have to decide,” Pattis said.
At his first hearing Thursday, Jones got into a heated argument with plaintiffs’ attorney Christopher Mattei, accusing him of “chasing ambulances” and saying he would never again apologize for saying the Newtown, Connecticut, massacre was a theatrical staging. Jones has acknowledged the massacre was real, but says the victims’ families are being used to promote a campaign for gun control and against free speech.
Outside of court and on his Infowars show, Jones has called the proceedings a “judicial farce” and that Judge Barbara Bellis is a tyrant, posting an image of herself with lasers shooting from her eyes.
Jones continued to complain about the process and the limits on what he can say on Friday.
“Ultimately it’s like a boxing match where a guy has his arms tied behind his back and a gag in his mouth,” he told the court. “This is totally rigged. It’s a complete fraud.”
Among the plaintiffs in this case — which is taking place in Waterbury, 20 miles (32 kilometers) from the scene — are relatives of eight of the victims and an FBI agent who responded to the scene of a shooting complaint.
The trial continued Friday with testimony from other plaintiffs’ witnesses.
Source: El Nuevo Herald