Predictably, conspiracy theory-peddler Alex Jones isn’t taking well to the legal team for Sandy Hook parents obtaining a copy of his entire phone. Jones was facing those parents in court over lies he told about the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, which he delusionally characterized as staged.
Mark Bankston, an attorney for those parents, identified the copy of Jones’s phone that he obtained as stretching for some two years. As reported by The Daily Beast, Jones claimed in a broadcast this weekend that “it’s six months of my phone, late 2019, early 2020.” (It’s not immediately clear the repetitive liar is suddenly telling the truth about the phone records’ extent.) “I gave Texas and I gave Connecticut the phones. They were searching them in six-month tranches, and the paralegal left, like, a six-month raw thing in there!” the far-right agitator also complained. Jones also made attention-grabbing claims about what was in the phone’s contents. The evident desperation suggests he’s attempting to compensate for some level of fear on his part for what could be revealed. The House committee investigating the Capitol riot quickly began pursuing Jones’s texts from the Sandy Hook parents’ team, and available details pointed to the panel at some point getting what it wanted.
“Sorry, I mean, there was a photo I sent my wife of her naked,” Jones angrily ranted. “Okay, they got that. So, my wife looks pretty good. The point is, there is one naked picture of my wife in there, so that’s what they got! No dick pics, no nothing.” In court, it was already revealed that there are actually items in the data dump that are quite relevant. For instance, the accidental transfer of the files revealed Jones lied when claiming he didn’t possess any texts related to Sandy Hook, and Bankston questioned Jones about that revelation in court. “You know what perjury is, right? I just want to make sure you know before we go any further,” Bankston pointedly remarked to Jones. Bankston only brought up the texts in court after Jones’s legal team failed to take any legal action to shield the contents of the device, despite Bankston sending an alert that he was sent the materials.
Medical records for Sandy Hook families suing Jones in Connecticut, where a trial on the level of damages Jones must pay there is looming, were apparently among the phone’s contents, and two lawyers associated with Jones — Norm Pattis and Andino Reynal — were recently ordered to appear in Connecticut court to deal with the question of the duo potentially facing disciplinary action for the purported disclosure of the records. Orders outlining the demands for Pattis and Reynal to appear in court identified an unauthorized disclosure of medical records such as that which it was said took place in Texas as a violation of federal law. It appears Jones was in a position to obtain the records in connection to the Connecticut plaintiffs arguing for their claims of psychological distress from Jones’s lies.
Jones’s Texas representation pushed in court for the declaration of a mistrial after the texts were brought up in court, but the judge handling the case denied that push, as she’d denied previous mistrial requests. Reynal claimed he only learned of the phone’s contents getting transferred when the matter came up in court, which Bankston’s earlier message alerting him to the disclosure — and implicitly providing him an opportunity to take action — proved was false.