Mr. Jones and a rotating cast of lawyers spent four years delaying a courtroom accounting for his Sandy Hook false accusations. He and key staff failed to appear for depositions, court-ordered financial records were stonewalled, and family lawyers say the documents are fake. Repeatedly reprimanded by the courts, Mr Jones responded by attacking the proceedings and the family’s lawyers on his show, at one point calling one of their heads “on a pike”.
Citing Mr. Jones’ contempt for the court process, judges in Texas and Connecticut late last year found him liable by default in all of the Sandy Hook cases, giving the families a landslide victory. After the families’ lawyers provide a detailed assessment of Mr. Jones’ business model, finances and net worth, trial courts will decide how much to award the families in compensatory and punitive damages.
One last week The Texas appeals court rejected it. A request by Mr. Jones to delay payment of $1 million in sanctions resulted from his failure to submit to a Connecticut case earlier this year. While Mr. Jones’ lawyers told Connecticut Superior Court Judge Barbara Ann Bellis at a hearing that Mr. Jones was ill, he was broadcasting live from his studio here in an industrial park on Alvin Dewane Boulevard. Mr. Rennell, Mr. Jones’s lawyer, argued that the sanctions should wait until the jury returns its verdicts, which Mr. Jones will almost certainly appeal. The court ordered Mr. Jones to pay $1 million immediately.
It is unclear whether Mr. Jones will be called to testify in Texas, and if he does, whether he will appear in person or by video link. But his efforts to protect his livelihood continue. Mr. Jones has contacted the Department of Justice, wanting to share what he knows about the January 6, 2021 capital riot in exchange for immunity from prosecution. Two people familiar with Mr. Jones’ offer at the time said an immunity deal had not been reached, and appeared unlikely.
Dodging families seeking his testimony, Mr. Jones cooperated in a pay-per-view film about himself that would air during the trial in Texas. He has written a book two weeks before the September trial.
In an online interview with journalist Glenn Greenwald on Saturday, Mr. Jones said Infowars was “90 percent right and 10 percent wrong.”
“I did it from a pure place,” he said, “I didn’t intentionally lie to people.”