As the latest defamation trial of Alex Jones wound down to its conclusion, an old saying seemed to become more and more apropos.
How can you tell Alex Jones is lying? His lips are moving.
In the trial that concluded Thursday in Texas, the jury only needed to decide how much Jones owed Sandy Hook parents Neil Heslin and Scarlett Lewis—parents of 6-year-old Jesse Lewis who was murdered in the 2012 school shooting. Sandy Hook victims in Texas and Connecticut already won a default judgment against Jones for defamation and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
As such, it would behoove Jones to only tell the truth while on the stand, under oath. Instead, the InfoWars founder and host was caught in several lies including one about the judge presiding over the trial—Texas District Court Judge Maya Guerra Gamble.
The still grieving parents' attorney Mark Bankston asked Jones' directly if his InfoWars website and program repeatedly shared a meme depicting Judge Gamble on fire.
On the second day of Jones' testimony, Bankston asked:
"You've been broadcasting repeatedly a picture of our judge on fire, haven't you?"
Jones' lawyer immediately objected, but Jones still answered:
\u201cLAWYER: \u201cYou\u2019ve been broadcasting a picture of our judge on fire, correct?\u201d\n\nALEX JONES: \u201cNo.\u201d\n\n*Shows pic of him broadcasting judge on fire* \ud83e\udd26\ud83c\udffb\u200d\u2642\ufe0f \nhttps://t.co/tIwKuwT4cN\u201d— The Tennessee Holler (@The Tennessee Holler) 1659613337
\u201cNews to no one but Alex Jones is clearly not the sharpest. Probably not a good idea to broadcast photos of your judge in flames repeatedly on your trash show while the trial is still going on. And then lie about it in front of her.\u201d— Christopher Webb\ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\uddf8 Pro-Choice (@Christopher Webb\ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\uddf8 Pro-Choice) 1659613243
After Jones first day of testimony, Bankston called for sanctions against him and his lawyer Adino Reynal for knowingly presenting lies to the jury to influence the ruling.
\u201cAFTER THE JURY LEFT: Bankston's motion for sanctions cont. Jones testified that he doesn't communicate by email. He said #AlexJones former counsel tampered with evidence to hide from the plaintiffs that he does have an email. Bankston said Jones continues to lie on the stand\u201d— Cathy Russon (@Cathy Russon) 1659477833
Judge Gamble chastised Jones for lying and not answering the questions he was asked.
The judge provided explicit instructions and guidance on telling the truth then dismissed the parties for the day.
You can see Judge Gamble's excoriation of Jones here:
In response to being told not to lie, Jones told Judge Gamble:
"I believe what I said was true."
The judge—appearing exasperated—replied:
“You believe everything you say is true. But it isn’t. Your beliefs do not make something true."
She later added:
"Your belief that something is true does not make it true. It does not protect you. It is not allowed."
"You are under oath. That means things must actually be true when you say them.”
\u201cCan Congress pass a bill appointing Alex Jones\u2019s judge to handle all Donald Trump cases? \n\nAlex and Donald, two conmen not used to having their lies called out to their faces with such terse certitude. \nhttps://t.co/UfXxMuMOOD\u201d— Mrs. Betty Bowers (@Mrs. Betty Bowers) 1659545967
On Jones' second day of testimony, plaintiffs' attorney Bankston questioned him about using InfoWars to further defame his clients—Heslin and Lewis—during the trial.
\u201cAlex Jones can't stop defaming the victim of his defamation. While Heslin is testifying about the murder of his son, and the harassment Alex played a huge role in through Infowars, Jones says he thinks Heslin is "on the Spectrum," is "slow" & being manipulated by very bad people\u201d— DJ Danarchy (@DJ Danarchy) 1659462614
\u201cAfter being scolded by the judge for lying to the jury, continuing to make defamatory statements about Sandy Hook parents, including calling one of them \u201ca little slow\u201d and \u201cautistic,\u201d Jones continued to lie and attack them. Take every cent this guy has.\nhttps://t.co/YDADuUXJgy\u201d— Andrew Wortman \ud83c\udff3\ufe0f\u200d\ud83c\udf08\ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\uddf8 (@Andrew Wortman \ud83c\udff3\ufe0f\u200d\ud83c\udf08\ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\uddf8) 1659480571
Bankston said Jones also used his platform to try to discredit Judge Gamble, but on the stand, under oath, Jones denied it.
"In fact, Mr. Jones, you’re telling the world not to believe what happens in this courtroom because the judge worked with Child Protective Services, who you say is involved with pedophilia and child trafficking?"
"No, that’s not what I’m saying."
After Bankston shared more damning evidence...
\u201cAlex Jones:"I take this as serious as cancer."\n\nHere's the clip from Infowars:"Judge Maya Gamble comes from CPS who has been exposed for human trafficking and working with pedophiles." \n\nBankston asks #AlexJones: So that's what you mean when you say you're taking this seriously?\u201d— Cathy Russon (@Cathy Russon) 1659543030
...Jones justified his answer by claiming he didn't direct or produce the InfoWars segment.
He also suggested it might be taken out of context which Bankston disputed.
"Is there anything before and after that that will make it great to show pictures of our judge on fire and tell the world that she’s involved with pedophiles?”
“Tell the context that comes before or after that makes that great."
Despite being told the day before about the difference between truth, opinion and conjecture, Jones once again chose to lie then backtrack.
People were astounded at Jones' hubris.
\u201cSeen a lot of Law & Order, haven't seen a twist as good as "Alex Jones' lawyers accidentally sent Sandy Hook parents' lawyers the entire contents of his phone and his long-hidden financials, but they waited 12 days to let him lie" in my life. Just an absolutely wild day.\u201d— Ben Collins (@Ben Collins) 1659544702
\u201cAlex Jones made millions on his lies and will continue if they don\u2019t \nstop him! \ud83e\udd2c\u201d— Ann (@Ann) 1659728158
\u201c"Stop Alex Jones. Stop the monetization of misinformation and lies, please."\n\n\u2014 Sandy Hook family's lawyer Wesley Ball during closing arguments during the punitive damages phase, @LawCrimeNews\u201d— Adam Klasfeld (@Adam Klasfeld) 1659715669
\u201cAs one of many people who was attacked by him on Infowars, triggering yet another wave of hatred and threats (though *nothing* by comparison to what the Sandy Hook parents have undergone) I take a grim satisfaction in seeing Alex Jones being held to accunt for his lies.\u201d— George Monbiot (@George Monbiot) 1659687077
\u201cSandy Hook lawyer to the jury: "I come here to tell you that everything (Alex Jones) said on the stand that we didn't make him say is a lie. He lied to make his money and he's lying to keep his money."\u201d— Ben Collins (@Ben Collins) 1659716307
\u201cEvidence and testimony from Alex Jones's damages trial revealed key financial details about the conspiracy theorist and his Infowars media company, which he used to spread lies about the Sandy Hook shooting. https://t.co/09W4eFhYFn\u201d— The New York Times (@The New York Times) 1659730503
\u201c"When he breaths, he lies"\n\n--Attorney for Sandy Hook parents about Alex Jones\u201d— Pat Bagley (@Pat Bagley) 1659717047
\u201cAfter Alex Jones goes down it\u2019s time to go after mouthpieces like Tucker Carlson and Laura Ingraham for their lies and the harm they\u2019ve caused.\u201d— Chafed Charlie \ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\udde6 \u262e\ufe0f\ud83d\udc94 (@Chafed Charlie \ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\udde6 \u262e\ufe0f\ud83d\udc94) 1659573393
\u201cQuelle surprise! \ud83d\ude44\n\nAlex Jones is a lying liar who lies, once again. \ud83d\udc56\ud83d\udd25\u201d— Sarah Rumpf \ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\uddf8\ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\udde6 (@Sarah Rumpf \ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\uddf8\ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\udde6) 1659732166
\u201cWhee, it\u2019s so satisfying to watch a far right, hate mongrel like Alex Jones getting smacked in the face, on camera with his own lies. He is a total toxic waste heap. Info Wars my foot!!!\u201d— Stella Parton (@Stella Parton) 1659615578
On Thursday, the jury awarded Neil Heslin and Scarlett Lewis $4.1 million in compensatory damages.
On Friday, the jury awarded an additional $45.2 million in punitive damages.