WASHINGTON D.C., USA – JANUARY 5: InfoWars website coordinator Alex Jones provides speech to Trump supporters prior to the Congress count the Electoral College votes in Washington D.C., USA on January 05, 2021. (Photo by Tayfun Coskun/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
After Wednesdays revelation an attorney for Alex Jones accidentally turned over a copy of his entire cellphone to the lawyers suing him on behalf of Sandy Hook parents, a few things were obvious. The initial was that Alex Jones should be turning redder than ever before; the next was that the Congressional committee holding hearings on the January 6 insurrection may possibly want those records, too. Within an emergency hearing today, a lawyer for the Sandy Hook parents, Mark Bankston, confirmed that hed had requests from several police agencies, like the January 6 committee, to show on the phone data, and he intends to take action immediately.
Because the jury deliberates over just how much Jones will undoubtedly be forced to cover in damages to the initial group of Sandy Hook plaintiffs, another drama is playing out on the phone. Within an emergency motion today, Jones attorney Federico Reynal asked Judge Maya Guerra Gamble to order Bankston and another plaintiffs attorneys to destroy the telephone data and return everything they need to him. I hate to be placed into this position by the conduct of plaintiffs counsel, nonetheless it appears they would like to have a mistrial, he told the judge.
Bankston retorted that Reynal had sent him the enormous cache of documents, then followed up only with what Please disregard within an email, which, he argued, is legally meaningless. Reynal was necessary to cite specific privileged documents within 10 days, he said, and state why these were privileged and confidential. Reynal never did that, Bankston added. The phrase please disregard by themselves creates no legal duty on me whatsoever, he said.
Judge Gamble did order some data deletednamely, confidential psychiatric records for nine plaintiffs, all Sandy Hook parentsin another case. Bankston said that data had recently been destroyed, and noted that Reynal hasnt yet came out in the event and shouldnt necessarily experienced it (the files were clearly offered from another lawyer previously on the case).
Gamble then asked which specific police agencies wanted the telephone data, and Bankston confirmed the January 6 committee. Jones testified prior to the committee earlier this season, and Rolling Stone reported yesterday that the committee immediately began preparing a subpoena for his phone data after learning it existed.
Reynal got in a single more parting shot prior to the hearing ended, accusing Bankston of rooting around in privileged attorney-client communications stored on the telephone.
Both of you have already been with me what feels as though 24 hours each day for 14 days, Gamble said, noting that she wasnt sure Bankston even would have time and energy to root around.
The jury is likely to continue deliberating through today.