Messages with longtime right-wing operative Roger Stone were among the contents from Alex Jones’s cellphone that were recently accidentally sent to the legal team for Sandy Hook parents facing Jones in court in Texas.
The parents behind that case, Neil Heslin and Scarlett Lewis, whose young son Jesse was among those killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, pursued financial damages from Jones after he characterized the shooting as staged. Jones more recently acknowledged the massacre was real, but he already inflicted damage on the parents. In connection to lies Jones helped propagate, Heslin spoke in court of in-person confrontations with those evidently of the belief the parents are acting. Heslin also said in April of this year, when the Texas trial was scheduled, someone drove by his home shouting Alex Jones’s name alongside what sounded like gunfire, as the Austin American-Statesman reported. Heslin’s residence and car were previously hit with gunfire. On Christmas one year, Lewis added someone showed up in her driveway and snapped photos of the house and later of her.
Stone sounds concerned about what Jones’s texts may contain. Alongside a link to a website covering his connection to the Jones texts, Stone complained this weekend on Truth Social: “God these people are SICK. There are NO text messages between me and Alex Jones regarding January 6, intimate or otherwise. There are NO crimes to talk about. Their effort to use me at click bait is both transparent and obvious #RogerStoneSTILLDidNothingWrong.” Mark Bankston, a member of the legal team for the Sandy Hook parents in the Texas case, spoke in court of what he called “intimate messages” between Jones and Stone that were in Jones’s phone. Bankston only brought up the materials from Jones’s device after the right-wing agitator’s legal team failed to take any legal action to shield its contents.
Andino Reynal, a lawyer for Jones, pushed for the declaration of a mistrial after the accidental transfer of Jones’s data was revealed, but the judge handling the case denied that request. Reynal alleged he only became aware of what happened with the contents from Jones’s phone after Bankston raised the issue in court, which is false. Before the timeframe in which Reynal could’ve taken legal steps to block access to Jones’s records expired, Bankston alerted him to what was sent.
Separately, Stone suggested the recklessness shown by Jones’s legal team was intentional on Reynal’s part. After pointing out how Reynal was appointed as a federal prosecutor in the Obama era, meaning he served as part of the Justice Department during Barack Obama’s tenure, Stone remarked: “Now do you think his release of Jones’ text messages was ‘inadvertent’ or a mistake? If I were Jones I would sue this guy for the exact same amount that the jury finds against him.” Stone’s evident concern about the text message issue could exemplify deeply rooted worry. The House committee investigating the Capitol riot already began seeking the materials from Jones’s phone from the legal team for the Sandy Hook parents in Texas, and Bankston indicated he intended to comply with the committee’s requests.