Alex Jones admonished by judge as Sandy Hook defamation trial goes off the rails

The warning from a frustrated judge Barbara Bellis came during the trial that will determine how much Jones must pay the families of Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting victims for his lies about the massacre.

Christopher Mattei, a lawyer for the families, questioned the far-right media personality about his false claim that the 2012 shooting that killed 26 people was a “hoax,” prompting Jones to become enraged and attack him.

Jones accused Mattei of being unfair and said he was guilty of “ambulance chasing” before coming down on “liberals” in court.

Bellis, who had previously warned Jones that some of his outbursts were a violation of court rules, reminded the Infowars founder that he was in a “court” and required to follow her instructions.

“This is clearly not your show and you have to respect the process,” Bellis told Jones. “Whether you like it or not, you have to respect the rules.”

Bellis also advised both parties to behave orderly.

Bellis warned that anyone who violates court rules moving forward will be subject to a contempt hearing, which she stressed she wants to avoid.

The stunning episode covered a day of testimony from Jones who had not yet made an appearance in the Connecticut libel trial. The trial takes place a month after a Texas jury determined that Jones and his company, Free Speech Systems, the parent of Infowars, should award two parents nearly $50 million.

Jones baselessly told his audience in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting that the incident was staged. He has since acknowledged that the shooting happened, but only after the lawsuits were filed. He said in a 2019 sworn deposition that a “form of psychosis” caused him to make his false comments.

In the Connecticut case, where Jones is being sued by eight other Sandy Hook families, Bellis issued a default judgment against the Infowars founder in November 2021 after he failed to comply with a court order.

In court Thursday, Jones, who tried to portray himself as a victim of an elaborate “deep state” plot against him, was confronted during his testimony with some of his past unhinged rhetoric attacking the justice system.

Mattei forced Jones through cross-examination to admit to the jury that he had referred to the proceedings as those of a “kangaroo court” and called the judge a “tyrant.”

Mattei brought up how Jones has been troubled when false statements have been made against him, noting that the Infowars founder has taken legal action in the past when he felt he was being defamed.

The lawyer argued to the jury that the lies Jones told about the families of Sandy Hook victims were far more damaging than the commentary that had hindered Jones and sparked his legal action.

Mattei, who has argued in the trial that Jones pushed the Sandy Hook lie because it was profitable, also questioned Jones about whether he used the trial as a marketing stunt to sell products to his loyal fan base.

Because the judge has already ruled that Jones is liable, the jury determines the amount of damages to award the plaintiffs. While the families have not provided a dollar figure, an attorney for the families last week asked jurors to “send a message” to the public with their decision.

Plaintiffs in three Connecticut lawsuits against Jones, including family members of eight school students and employees and one FBI agent who responded to the scene, have all been condensed into the lawsuit that began earlier this month.

Norman Pattis, Jones’ attorney, has argued that the claims made by the Sandy Hook plaintiffs are “exaggerated.” Pattis also said the Sandy Hook families have “become partisan” and said the defense will argue that the damage is overstated “because they want to shut up [Jones] for political reasons.”