Jones, who was the lone witness for the defense during the trial, did not fare well on Wednesday as he was cross-examined by the plaintiffs’ attorney, Mark Bankston.
In a landmark moment, Bankston revealed to Jones and the court that he had recently obtained evidence that proved Jones had lied when he claimed during the discovery process that he never provided a text about the 2012 Sandy Hook shooting.
Bankston said Jones’ attorney, in apparent exasperation, sent him two years of cell phone records that included every text message Jones sent.
Cell phone records, Bankston said, showed that Jones had in fact texted about the Sandy Hook shooting.
“That’s how I know you lied to me when you said you didn’t have text messages about Sandy Hook,” Bankston said.
Bankston showed Jones a text message exchange he had about Sandy Hook. But Jones testified that he “never saw these text messages.”
When reminded that Jones testified under oath that he searched his phone during the discovery phase of the trial and could not find messages about Sandy Hook, Jones insisted that he “wasn’t lying.”
In another moment, Jones was asked if Maya Guerra Gamble, the judge overseeing the trial, was connected to pedophilia and human trafficking.
When Jones denied doing so, Bankston played the court an Infowars video that did just that.
In the video, Jones attacked Gamble’s prior work for Child Protective Services claiming the agency was “exposed” for “working for pedophiles.”
Gamble, whose office did not respond to an earlier request for comment about the fact that Infowars was attacking her in such terms, laughed when she saw a screenshot of the video in court Wednesday.
“The person on the left of this image is our judge, right?” Bankston Jones asked.
Jones replied yes.
Attorneys for the plaintiffs said Tuesday they intend to seek sanctions against Jones for being dishonest on the stand. And Gamble on Tuesday also admonished Jones for violating his oath to tell the truth twice.
“You’re already under oath to tell the truth,” Gamble said Tuesday. “You have already broken that oath twice today, in those two examples alone. It is absurd to tell you again that you must tell the truth when you testify. But here I am again.”
“This is not your show,” Gamble told him Wednesday.
When Jones finished testifying Wednesday, the defense rested its case and began closing arguments.
The jury could decide how much damages to award the Sandy Hook parents as early as this week.
The current trial is the first of three that will determine how much Jones will have to pay multiple Sandy Hook families who sued him and won default judgments.