Who is Mark Bankston? Sandy Hook family attorney
In a Texas courtroom on Wednesday, a lawyer for two Sandy Hook parents cross-examined Infowars founder Alex Jones and fact-checked his responses in real-time, bringing attention to the right-wing conspiracy theorist’s dishonesty.
Jones’ financial obligation to Neil Heslin and Scarlett Lewis, whose parents won a default judgment against him earlier this year, will be decided by the jury hearing the case. In order to receive $150 million in damages, the jury has been urged by a lawyer for Heslin and Lewis.
Jones, who testified alone for the defense during the trial, struggled under Mark Bankston’s cross-examination of him on Wednesday.
A stunning turn of events occurred when Bankston informed Jones and the court that he had recently come into possession of information demonstrating that Jones had lied when he claimed during the discovery process that he had never texted about the 2012 Sandy Hook shooting.
Bankston claimed that Jones’ lawyer had sent him two years’ worth of cell phone information, which included every text message Jones had written, in an apparent mistake.
Bankston claimed that Jones had indeed communicated about the Sandy Hook shooting according to the cell phone data.
Bankston responded, “That’s how I know you lied to me when you stated you didn’t have texts regarding Sandy Hook.”
A text conversation Bankston had with Jones about Sandy Hook was displayed to Jones. Jones, though, claimed in court that he “never saw these text messages.”
When informed that Jones had sworn under oath that he had searched his phone for texts about Sandy Hook during the trial’s discovery phase, Jones asserted he “did not lie.”
Jones falsely claimed that the Sandy Hook massacre, which resulted in the deaths of 26 people, was staged. Jones has since accepted the shooting took place while facing legal action.
Jones claimed in a 2019 sworn statement that he initially thought it was staged due to a “kind of psychosis.”
Jones also stated that he believes believe the Sandy Hook tragedy occurred, claiming it to be “100% true” in court on Wednesday.
A noteworthy exchange occurred on Wednesday during cross-examination when Jones was questioned about whether he had linked the trial’s presiding judge, Maya Guerra Gamble, to pedophilia and human trafficking.
When Jones denied doing so, Bankston showed a courtroom video of an Infowars clip that actually did it.
Jones attacked Gamble’s former employment with Child Protective Services in the video by asserting that the organization had been “exposed” for “working for pedophiles.”
Gamble chuckled when she viewed a screen clip from the video in court on Wednesday. Her office did not reply to an earlier request for comment regarding the fact that Infowars has been disparaging her in this manner.
“Isn’t our judge over there on the left of this picture?” Asking Jones was Bankston.
Jones affirmed it to be true.
Attorneys for the plaintiffs announced on Tuesday that they planned to petition the court to punish Jones for lying while testifying. Additionally, Gamble had reprimanded Jones on Tuesday for twice breaking his word.
“You are already under oath to tell the truth,” Gamble said Tuesday. “You’ve already violated that oath twice today, in just those two examples. It seems absurd to instruct you again that you must tell the truth while you testify. Yet here I am again.”
“This is not your show,” Gamble added to him Wednesday.
After Jones finished testifying Wednesday, the defense rested its case and closing arguments got underway.
The jury could potentially decide how much it will award in damages to 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.