Judge Maya Guerra Gamble, the Texas judge in the defamation suit against Alex Jones, has denied Jones’ attorney’s motion for mistrial and a blanket protective order sealing communications after it was revealed that two years’ worth of text messages were accidentally sent to the opposing counsel. The judge told the Infowars host, “I’m not going to seal the entire quantity of information without knowing what’s in it.”
Judge denies Alex Jones request this morning for a blanket protective order to seal the record of his text messages, and denies motion for mistrial. She will seal his medical info, and consider sealing other individual texts on a case-by-case basis. pic.twitter.com/cpFpOytWJb
— Ron Filipkowski 🇺🇦 (@RonFilipkowski) August 4, 2022
Mark Bankston, the lawyer for Neil Heslin and Scarlett Lewis – parents of 6-year-old Jesse Lewis who was killed in the Sandy Hook massacre – stunned the courtroom and the defendant when he revealed the plaintiff’s legal team was in possession of two years of text data from Jones’ cell phone.
Included in the data are messages proving that Jones lied on the stand under oath about not having any texts discussing the elementary school mass shooting.
“Did you know that 12 days ago, 12 days ago – your attorneys messed up and sent me an entire digital copy of your entire cell phone with every text message you’ve sent for the past two years and when informed, did not take any steps to identify it as privileged or protect it in any way? And as of two days ago, it fell free and clear into my possession and that is how I know that you lied to me, when you said you didn’t have text messages about Sandy Hook,” Bankston told Jones in the courtroom.
Defiant, the conspiracy theory pushing right-wing host mocked Bankston, saying “See, I told you the truth. This is your Perry Mason moment,” in regards to possession of the text message.
“You know what perjury is, right? I just want to make sure you know before we go any further, you know what it is?” Banston asked, to which Jones replied, “Yes.”
Jones maintained that he didn’t lie, and told the courtroom “If I was mistaken, I was mistaken, but you’ve got the messages right there.”
Judge to Alex Jones “You are already under oath to tell the truth and you have violated that oath twice today” pic.twitter.com/fG9FZccxO4
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The potential implications and ramifications of their mistake must have dawned on Jones’ attorney, who sought a mistrial, something that Judge Gamble denied. As Bankston pointed out, the defense was alerted nearly two weeks ago and made no attempts to have the messages marked as privileged – which would have kept them out of the courtroom.
The Travis County judge agreed.
The day after the heartbreaking testimony from Jesses Lewis’ still grieving parents, Jones conceded that the killing of their son and 19 other children is “100% real.”
But apologies are not enough for the anguish Heslin and Lewis have been put through. For over a decade the pair have been subjected to harassment, death threats, and public denial of their loss.
The victim’s family is seeking $150 million in damages in the civil case against Jones. It remains to be seen whether Jones will face criminal charges of perjury after his lies under oath were revealed.
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