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Trump hires prominent Atlanta attorney for election probe

ATLANTA (AP) — Donald Trump has hired a prominent Atlanta criminal defense attorney known for defending famous rappers to represent him in matters related to the special grand jury that’s investigating whether the former president illegally tried to interfere with the 2020 election in Georgia.

Drew Findling’s clients have included Cardi B, Migos and Gucci Mane, as well as comedian Katt Williams. His Twitter bio of him includes the hashtag #BillionDollarLawyer and his Instagram feed of him is filled with photos of him posing with his well-known clients.

His most recent Instagram post, dated two days after the US Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in late June, says his signature of him is committed to “fighting to restore a woman’s right to choose, which has been destroyed by the Supreme Court,” suggesting his personal views of him do n’t align with those of Trump’s Republican Party . I have offered to defend anyone charged under Georgia’s restrictive abortion law free of charge.

After Trump insulted basketball star LeBron James’s intelligence in an August 2018 tweet, Findling called Trump the “racist architect of fraudulent Trump University” in a tweet and ended the post with “POTUS pathetic once again!”

The Findling Law Firm said in a statement released Thursday that it has been hired, along with attorneys Jennifer Little and Dwight Thomas, to represent Trump.

Findling said in an emailed statement that he is a “passionate advocate against injustice” and will “strongly defend” Trump.

“I may differ politically from many of my clients, but that doesn’t change my commitment to defend against wrongful investigations,” Findling said. “In this case, the focus on President Trump in Fulton County, Georgia is clearly an erroneous and politically driven persecution and along with my office and co-counsel, I am fully committed to defend against this injustice.”

Little, a former prosecutor, said in an emailed statement that the attorneys were “handpicked” on Trump’s behalf and that “the composition of our team only adds to the integrity of his defense.”

“A politically diverse group of attorneys with differing perspectives have all come to the same conclusion — there have been no violations of Georgia law,” she said. “We as a team look forward to vigorously defending our client and the Constitution.”

Thomas said he has extensive past experience in special grand jury investigations and is serving as a consultant. Other lawyers who have clients who are connected to the investigation have also reached out to him, he said, but he declined to name them.

Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis opened the investigation early last year, and the special grand jury was seated in May at her request.

Willis has confirmed since the early days of the investigation that she’s interested in a January 2021 phone call between Trump and Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger. During that conversation, Trump suggested Raffensperger could “find” the votes needed to overturn his narrow loss in the state.

“All I want to do is this. I just want to find 11,780 votes, which is one more than we have,” Trump said during that call. “Because we won the state.”

Willis last month filed petitions seeking to compel testimony before the special grand jury from seven Trump associates and advisers, including former New York mayor and Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani and US Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina. And she has said that she is considering subpoenaing the former president himself.

In addition to representing high-profile musical artists and other entertainers, Findling successfully defended Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill in a racketeering trial that threatened to end his law enforcement career. Hill was acquired in 2013 on 27 felony charges in an indictment that accused him of using his office for personal gain.

Findling is currently defending Hill against charges in a federal indictment accusing him of violating the civil rights of several people in his agency’s custody by ordering that they be unnecessarily strapped into a restraint chair and left there for hours.

He also defended Mitzi Bickers, a former Atlanta city official was the first person to go to trial in a long-running federal investigation into corruption at City Hall under former Mayor Kasim Reed. A jury earlier this year found Bickers guilty on charges including money laundering, wire fraud and conspiracy to commit bribery. Findling said they plan to appeal.



Rupert Murdoch and Jerry Hall finalize divorce after six years of marriage

Billionaire Rupert Murdoch and model Jerry Hall have finalized their divorce after six years of marriage, Hall’s lawyer says.

It was the fourth divorce for 91-year-old Murdoch, who married Hall, 66, in London in March 2016.

“Jerry and Rupert Murdoch have finalized their divorce,” lawyer Judy Poller said.

“They remain good friends and wish each other the best for the future.”

Australian-born Murdoch owns newspapers around the world and is worth more than $US17 billion ($24 billion), according to Forbes.

The couple signed a prenuptial agreement, The New York Times reported in June. It means the separation is unlikely to alter the ownership structure of businesses in which Murdoch holds stakes.

Those businesses include the parent companies of Fox News and The Wall Street Journal.



All Blacks v Springboks: Former winger Julian Savea hits out at ‘disturbing’ Ian Foster criticism

The gold rush continues at the Commonwealth Games, All Blacks defeated and Ian Foster’s job hands in the balance and a New Zealand one-two finish at the latest Indycar race in Nashville – Cheree Kinnear gives the highs and lows of the weekend’s sport all in 90 seconds. Video/Photosport/Sky Sport

Former All Blacks winger Julian Savea has hit out at what he believes has been an irresponsible and hurtful social media backlash against beleaguered coach Ian Foster.

Foster has borne the brunt of criticism over the past month for his team’s historic form slump, with news media, rugby pundits and fans all weighing in with myriad opinions as to what leadership mistakes he may have made.

However, Savea says some of that criticism has gone too far, especially on social media where opinions well outside the realm of Foster’s coaching expertise have been loudly voiced.

“Shocked and disturbed at some of the comments and remarks I’ve seen and heard about Ian Foster on social media lately,” Savea wrote on his Twitter account.

Former All Black Julian Savea says criticism of Ian Foster has gone too far.  Photo / Photosport
Former All Black Julian Savea says criticism of Ian Foster has gone too far. Photo / Photosport

“In a country where mental health is a big issue, where 72 per cent of suicides are men and a high number of depression amongst men, you would think people would be a bit kinder and think about their words before they make remarks on someone’s integrity , appearance and character, especially when they don’t know them on a personal level.

“I’m ashamed that this is how a human is treated and dragged in the media here in NZ.”

Savea makes his point from a place of experience, having been through his fair share of social media strife; including death threats made toward his baby daughter while playing in France.

That was just one episode from a career he says was full of similar moments, with public judgment and criticism a constant in his time as a professional player.

“Been a constant up and down battle with mental health during my years as a rugby player,” he posted on Instagram in April, 2020.

“From the pressure it brings into my life and personal life to the judgment that is constantly being made about my career.”

Savea’s call for the public to back off when it comes to Foster echoes that of former Scotland coach Matt Williams who said following the side’s series loss to Ireland that the public and media response was embarrassing.

“Ian Foster has suffered far more public criticism and humiliation than any coach should be forced to endure for a sporting defeat,” he wrote in a column for the Irish Times.

“Not for the first time, the reaction to defeat by the New Zealand media and their wider rugby community has exposed a deep flaw of character. The treatment of Foster by his own community has been nothing short of shameful. As a coach, criticism comes with the badge but the personal vilification he has had to endure is simply not acceptable.”

Julian Savea (left) in happier times with Ian Foster in 2012. Photo / Photosport
Julian Savea (left) in happier times with Ian Foster in 2012. Photo / Photosport

Foster himself has conceded the criticism leveled towards him is taking its toll, telling media after the first-test loss to the Springboks last weekend that the evidence was plain to see.

“I’m going gray and my hair is receding pretty quickly. It’s never easy,” Foster told media.

He will be hoping, along with millions of New Zealanders, that the All Blacks squad will bounce back on Sunday in their rematch against the Springboks and the social media noise will quieten.



Disney+ is getting more expensive… unless you want ads

The Disney+ new ad-supported subscription tier will debut in the US on December 8 at a cost of $7.99 a month, the company announced on Wednesday. If that price point looks familiar, it should. That’s what consumers are paying for Disney+ right now without the ads.

Disney+’s price increase comes as the service had a great quarter. The service notched 14.4 million subscribers in the third quarter, exceeding Wall Street expectations. The service currently has 152.1 million subscribers.

The results sent shares up as much as 6.5% in after-hours trading.

As for the company’s overall earnings, Disney (DIS) notched $21.5 billion in revenue for the second quarter, up 26% from last year, and reported a net profit of $1.4 billion, up 53% from a year ago.

Disney noted that it has 221 million subscribers across its multiple streaming offerings. Netflix has 220.6 million.

Disney also revised its long-term forecasts, which was 230 million to 260 million subscribers by the end of fiscal year 2024. On Wednesday, it provided a new guidance of 135 million to 165 million subscribers for its core Disney+ product, and as much as 80 million for its Disney+ Hotstar service in India.

“We had an excellent quarter, with our world-class creative and business teams powering outstanding performance at our domestic theme parks, big increases in live-sports viewership, and significant subscriber growth at our streaming services,” Bob Chapek, Disney CEO, said in the company’s letter to investors on Wednesday.

Why Disney+ is going up in price

Disney+ isn’t the only Disney streaming service that’s going up in price.

Hulu, which is majority owned by Disney, will also get a price bump, up $1 to $7.99 for its ad-supported tier and $2 to $14.99 for Hulu with no ads.

One plan that’s not getting a price hike is the premium Disney Bundle, which ties together the company’s streaming offerings of Disney+ and Hulu with no ads alongside ESPN+. Its cost remains $19.99.

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This move appears to be Disney’s way of pushing consumers to sign up for its entire slate of services rather than just one. And from a pricing perspective, it’s hard to say no to a bundle that has three services that’s just $9 more per month than Disney’s largest service.

Disney (DIS) is also introducing two new bundle plans: One is Disney+ and Hulu with ads for $9.99; the other is all three services with ads for $12.99.

Tying streaming services together looks to be a new focus of media companies.

Take Warner Bros. Discovery, for example. CNN’s parent company announced last week that it would combine its two streaming services, HBO Max and Discovery+, next summer.

If the first phase of the streaming revolution, which started around 2017, was the “Streaming Wars” the next phase could be considered the “Rumble of the Bundles.”

So why is your streaming pocketbook about to take yet another hit? It’s because building a successful streaming services is really, really expensive.

Services like Disney+ spend millions of dollars, if not billions, creating fresh content that appeals to old and new subscribers as well as for the costly infrastructure to hold it all together. Exhibit A: Disney’s loss in its direct-to-consumer unit was $1.06 billion in the third quarter — roughly four times what it was a year ago.

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Streaming growth has also shown signs of maturity, ie slower growth. Netflix (NFLX)the king of streaming, lost subscribers two quarters in a row this year.

Across the industry, attracting new subscribers has become harder and if subscriptions are slowing down then revenue needs to come from somewhere. Raising prices is one easy way to do that.

And Disney can get away with this type of price increase considering the breadth of their library.

Disney+ is home to some of the most popular brands in all of entertainment, including Marvel Studios, Pixar, Disney Animation and Star Wars. Hulu also has featured films from 20th Century Studios and shows from FX, among other buzzy content.

Kareem Daniel, chairman of Disney media & entertainment distribution, said in a statement Wednesday that the new ad-supported offering as well as the company’s new lineup of streaming plans will “be providing greater consumer choice at a variety of price points to cater to the diverse needs of our viewers and appeal to an even broader audience.”

More than just streaming

Disney’s strong third quarter wasn’t just on the back of Disney+.

The company’s parks, experiences and products unit had a very strong quarter, bringing in revenues of $7.3 billion, up 70% over the same quarter last year.

Disney said that this was the result of “increases in attendance, occupied room nights and cruise ship sailings.”

“Our domestic parks and resorts were open for the entire current quarter, whereas Disneyland Resort was open for 65 days of the prior-year quarter, and Walt Disney World Resort operated at reduced capacity in the prior-year quarter,” the company said.



Jerry Hall asks judges to dismiss her divorce case against Rupert Murdoch

Jerry Hall last night asked judges to dismiss her divorce case against Rupert Murdoch, the Daily Mail can reveal.

The former supermodel asked the Los Angeles Superior Court to cancel the divorce petition she filed just five weeks ago, meaning the case appears to be at an end.

The notice was filed by Miss Hall’s California lawyer Ronald Brot and was dated Tuesday, August 9.

The document says the divorce should be dismissed without prejudice, meaning that it can be revived.



Washington Post deletes tweet accusing Merrick Garland of ‘politicizing DOJ’

The Washington Post deleted a tweet promoting one of its stories on Wednesday that suggested Attorney General Merrick Garland “politicized” the Department of Justice by authorizing an FBI raid of former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate.

Garland vowed to depoliticize Justice. Then the FBI searched Mar-a-Lago,” read the headline of a story written by Justice Department reporter Perry Stein.

The headline in the tweet sparked outrage on Twitter, which apparently prompted the Jeff Bezos-owned broadsheet to remove the tweet and re-post it using a different headline.

“No, he’s in the middle of unraveling a crime spree committed by the former president of the United States. There…fixed it for you,” one Twitter user wrote.

The Washington Post deleted a tweet that suggested Attorney General Merrick Garland "politicized" the Justice Department by authorizing an FBI raid on former President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida on Monday.
The Washington Post deleted a tweet that suggested Attorney General Merrick Garland “politicized” the Justice Department by authorizing an FBI raid on former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida on Monday.
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“This is so embarrassing I worry for the future of journalism,” another Twitter commenter said of the original headline.

Jay Rosen, who teaches journalism at New York University, said the original headline was “painfully under-thought” because it “seemed to say that Garland was shifting course and unduly politicizing DOJ.”

The original tweet by The Washington Post generated backlash.
The original tweet by The Washington Post generated backlash.

The newspaper on Wednesday posted a tweet which read: “Clarification: A previous tweet of this story had a headline that has changed after publishing. We’ve deleted the tweet.”

The new headline reads: “FBI’s search of Mar-a-Lago lands Merrick Garland in a political firestorm.”

FBI agents on Monday searched Trump’s Palm Beach estate — marking the first time that federal investigators descended on the private residence of a former president.

The raid was conducted as part of an ongoing federal investigation into Trump’s handling of classified documents that were apparently removed from the White House in the waning days of his presidency.

Trump is also the subject of a federal inquiry into the events of Jan. 6, 2021, when his supporters mobbed the US Capitol as Congress was in session to certify Joe Biden’s election victory.

FBI agents searched Mar-a-Lago on Monday as part of an investigation into Trump's handling of classified documents.
FBI agents searched Mar-a-Lago on Monday as part of an investigation into Trump’s handling of classified documents.

Republicans accused the Biden administration of using the Justice Department as a tool to persecute political opponents.

Even some Democrats expressed unease with the search.

Form New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo tweeted: “DOJ must immediately explain the reason for its raid & it must be more than a search for inconsequential archives or it will be viewed as a political tactic and undermine any future credible investigation & legitimacy of January 6 investigations.”

Trump is expected to announce whether he’ll seek another run for White House. Polls show him leading the field of GOP hopefuls.

Garland has refused to comment if he authorized the FBI’s search.

The former president condemned the raid on his home.
The former president condemned the raid on his home.
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In her story, Stein writes that “some lawyers questioned why the Justice Department and FBI would execute such a high-profile search on a former president’s residence over missing documents, even if some of them are classified.”

The paper’s Twitter gaffe comes on the heels of an internal drama that played out on the social media site.

One of his political reporters, Dave Weigel, was suspended for a month without pay in June for retweeting a post that was deemed sexist.

Weigel’s colleague, Felicia Sonmez, who first flagged the retweet, was fired weeks later after she criticized management and other co-workers on the social media site.



What the Alex Jones trial means for the future of conspiracy culture

A pair of Chicago-based podcast hosts have spent the past 5 years holding Jones and his Infowars network accountable. Their program, Knowledge Fight, has produced more than 700 episodes, and uses comedy to “cut through crazy lies,” Stelter said on Reliable Sources Sunday.

Hosts Dan Friesen and Jordan Holmes traveled to Texas to witness Jones’ trial first hand. Friesen said the most powerful moment inside the courtroom was watching Jesse Lewis’ mom Scarlett Lewis give her testimony and speak directly to Jones.

“I think it will stay with pretty much everyone there for the rest of their lives,” Friesen said.

The co-hosts have been covering Jones since 2017, watching his transformation from a seemingly untouchable figure to one that is now in serious legal and financial jeopardy.

“During this whole stretch of time, his content itself has been essentially hollow,” Friesen said. “Watching him from my perspective has gotten a lot less interesting.”

But despite Jones’ legal woes, Holmes said that the culture he’s helped engender has gotten a lot bigger.

“Conspiracy culture is something that is created through the cracks of our regular society,” Holmes said.

And although their podcast focuses on scrutinizing Jones and his tactics, Holmes said the trial was really about the victims.

“People would like to focus on Alex being kind of a bombastic character that we can mock and make fun of, but this isn’t about him,” Holmes said.

The podcast format allows the hosts to go beyond Jones as a character and dive into the mechanisms of what he’s doing and why these conspiracy narratives exist.

“We approach it with the understanding that it’s a serious topic,” Friesen said. “But also that in order to make it interesting for anybody to listen to, we have to make it make something entertaining.”

Alex Jones'  company files for bankruptcy amid Texas trial to award damages to Sandy Hook families

Friesen has listened to countless hours of Jones’ program, and calls it an “incredibly boring experience.”

“The reason that I do this is because I can stomach that boredom,” Friesen said. He endures the task in order to help others get insights into the misinformation phenomenon. “So they could be in a place where they could better understand what Alex is doing and what he brings to the table.”

Many hope that the legal and financial jeopardy Jones’ is now facing will help curtail misinformation and conspiracy culture. But Friesen isn’t convinced it will be a severe blow.

“The conspiracy producers and people who engage in the sorts of conduct that Alex does end up becoming a little bit savvier,” Friesen said. “They end up learning where the lines are… of what they can do and what they can get away with.”



Gareth Parker revealed to take over news director role at Nine News Perth

WA journalist and radio host Gareth Parker is set to take on the role of news director in the Channel 9 Perth newsroom.

Parker announced the news on his morning breakfast radio show on Monday.

“I’ll be leaving 6PR breakfast … I am incredibly excited and proud to say that I’ve accepted a new job as the director of news for Channel 9 Perth, which is a huge opportunity for me personally,” Parker told listeners .

“I am looking forward to getting up the hill to the top of the Terrace and getting stuck into the newsroom.”

A date for when Parker will start in the new role has not yet been announced.

“I am not going to disappear immediately, there is still a bit to sort out with a move like this,” he said.

6PR has taken a massive hit in some of this year’s radio ratings surveys.

Parker’s 6PR breakfast show was the biggest loser of the survey in May this year, down a whopping 1.5 points to hold just 8.5 per cent of the audience pie — well behind its AM rival ABC Perth.

Last month’s survey showed Parker’s show managed just an 8.6 per cent share, still over two points behind the ABC.

Parker is a previous winner of the WA Journalist of the Year award.

He worked for The West Australian for over a decade, including almost four years as the paper’s State political editor.

Parker also served as the paper’s Melbourne bureau chief and as online deputy editor.

I have joined 6PR, which is owned by Channel Nine, in 2017.



Alex Jones caused $4 million in damages to two Sandy Hook parents, jury finds

The award from the jury was far less than what the plaintiffs, Scarlett Lewis and Neil Heslin, had asked for. At the start of the trial, attorneys for Lewis and Heslin asked the jury to award their clients $150 million in compensatory damages.

A separate, shorter trial during which punitive damages will be discussed is now expected. Punitive damages are awarded when the court finds the defendant’s behavior to be especially offensive.

Mark Bankston, an attorney for the parents, told CNN that the plaintiffs are happy with the jury’s decision, noting that they had also received money prior to the trial due to sanctions the court had hit Jones with.

“Having already secured $1.5 million in fines from Mr Jones, the plaintiffs are now due $5.6 million that Alex Jones will have to pay them,” Bankston said.

“Neil and Scarlett are thrilled with the result and look forward to putting Mr. Jones’ money to good use,” Bankston added. “Mr Jones on the other hand will not sleep easy tonight. With punitive damages still to be decided and multiple additional defamation lawsuits pending, it is clear that Mr Jones’ time on the American stage is finally coming to an end.”

An attorney for Jones could not immediately be reached for comment.

The decision from the jury is a partial ending to a years-long process that began in 2018 when Lewis and Heslin sued Jones and his company, Free Speech Systems, which is the parent of the right-wing media organization Infowars.

Jones baselessly said in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook shooting, in which 26 people were killed, that the incident was staged. Facing multiple lawsuits, Jones later acknowledged the shooting occurred. He testified in court this week that he now believed it to be “100% real.”

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But Jones failed to comply with court orders during the discovery process of the lawsuit. His failure to do so led to Heslin and Lewis winning default judgments against Jones.

Judge Maya Guerra Gamble ruled in October that Jones was legally responsible for inflicting emotional distress on Heslin and Lewis. Gamble also ruled that Jones was liable for defaming Heslin.

Jones claimed in his testimony that a jury award of just $2 million would destroy him financially.

But the accountant who is now in charge of overseeing Jones’ company Free Speech Systems, the parent of his conspiratorial media outlet Infowars, testified in bankruptcy court Wednesday that Jones withdrew about $62 million dollars from the company over 14 years, of which about $30 million was paid to the IRS.

And the accountant testified that Infowars had received about $9 million in cryptocurrency donations and that “they went directly to Mr. Jones.”

The decision to punish Jones in such terms also comes at a seismic moment in American society, where the lies and conspiracy theories have flourished in recent years.

The jury’s decision, while far lower than what the plaintiffs’ attorneys had asked for, sends a message to those who propel lies into the public conversation, whether for political power or financial gain, that there can be consequences for such behavior.

“Speech is free, but lies you have to pay for,” the Sandy Hook family attorneys argued to the jury during their opening statements and closing arguments.

During the trial, Heslin and Lewis offered emotional testimony, telling the jury that the lies pushed by Jones stained the legacy of their son Jesse and tormented them for years.

Fighting back tears at times, Heslin told the jury that Jones, through his conspiratorial media organization Infowars, “tarnished the honor and legacy” of his son. Heslin said that he could n’t “even begin to describe the last nine-and-a-half years of hell” he has endured because of Jones, and described in detail how he fears for the safety of himself and his family. .

In a remarkable moment in court, Lewis spoke directly to Jones, saying she wanted to address him to his face.

“Jesse was real,” Lewis told Jones. “I’m a real mom.”

Lewis told the jury she feels monetary damages were appropriate in the case because she doesn’t believe Jones would otherwise ever stop his behavior.

“There has not been a sincere apology,” she said. “But if there was, ever, I like it to be in a car accident and you run over someone and cause tremendous bodily damage and you look at that person lying on the ground and say, ‘I’m so sorry, I’m so sorry, I’m not accountable for any of the damage I just caused. That’s how I see it.”

Lewis also reflected on what it meant that the trial had to ever take place.

“It seems so incredible to me that we have to do this,” Lewis told Jones. “That we have to implore you — not just implore you, punish you — to get you to stop lying…It is surreal what is going on in here.”

The trial in Texas is one of three that is expected to play out over the next couple of months.

A different group of Sandy Hook families sued Jones in Connecticut. Those families also won a default judgment against Jones and a trial was scheduled to begin in September. But jury selection was suspended the same day it started earlier this week and the trial could be delayed because of a bankruptcy filing from Free Speech Systems.

Attorneys representing some Sandy Hook families have accused Jones of having drained Free Speech Systems of assets in recent years as part of an effort to protect himself from potential judgments he may be ordered to pay.

One of the attorneys, Avi Moshenberg, told CNN on Tuesday that the bankruptcy filing made by Free Speech Systems indicated that $62 million in assets had been withdrawn from the company in 2021 and 2022.

“If you look at the bankruptcy filing, leading up to the declaration of bankruptcy, Alex Jones, the sole owner [of Free Speech Systems], took $62 million in draws in 2021 and 2022,” Moshenberg told CNN. “Just straight up draws. That’s why the company has few assets.”

— CNN’s Sonia Moghe contributed reporting.



Sandy Hook family attorney exposes Alex Jones’ dishonesty during brutal cross-examination

The jury hearing the case will determine how much Jones will have to pay the parents, Neil Heslin and Scarlett Lewis, who won a default judgment against him earlier this year. An attorney representing Heslin and Lewis has asked the jury to award $150 million in damages.

Jones, who was the sole witness for the defense during the trial, did not fare well Wednesday as he was cross-examined by the plaintiffs’ attorney, Mark Bankston.

In a remarkable moment, Bankston disclosed to Jones and the court that he had recently acquired evidence proving Jones had lied when he claimed during the discovery process that he had never texted about the 2012 Sandy Hook shooting.

Bankston said that Jones’ attorney had, in an apparent mishap, sent him two years of cell phone records that included every text message Jones had sent.

The cell phone records, Bankston said, showed that Jones had in fact texted about the Sandy Hook shooting.

“That is 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 had “never seen these text messages.”

When reminded Jones had testified under oath that he had searched his phone during the discovery phase of the trial and could not locate messages about Sandy Hook, Jones insisted he “did not lie.”

In another moment, Jones was asked whether he had connected Maya Guerra Gamble, the judge overseeing the trial, to pedophilia and human trafficking.

When Jones denied having done so, Bankston played video for the court of an Infowars video which did just that.

In the video, Jones attacked Gamble’s prior work for Child Protective Services by claiming the agency had been “exposed” for “working for pedophiles.”

Gamble, whose office did not respond to an earlier request for comment about the fact Infowars has been attacking her in such terms, laughed when she saw a screengrab from the video in court on Wednesday.

“The person on the left of this image is our judge, correct?” Bankston asked Jones.

Jones replied that it was.

Attorneys for the plaintiffs said Tuesday that they intend to ask for sanctions against Jones for being dishonest on the stand. And Gamble on Tuesday had also admonished Jones for having violated his oath of him to tell the truth twice.

Alex Jones'  company files for bankruptcy amid Texas trial to award damages to Sandy Hook families

“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.