Sandy Hook families’ quiet presence in Alex Jones defamation trial permeates first week of testimony

Attorneys who are trying to win a “substantial” award for the FBI agent and eight Sandy Hook families who Jones defamed last year want the jury of six in Waterbury Superior Court to be the first to hear the “devastating” and “crippling” role hoax conspiracies spread by Jones had on the victims’ grieving process.

“I have a lot of respect for these families being here,” said Mark Bankston, the lead attorney for the parents of a slain Sandy Hook boy who won a $49 million defamation settlement against Jones in Texas in August, attending the Connecticut trial as casually dressed observer.

While it may seem to the world watching the livestreamed trial that the family members involved in the lawsuit are assuming a low profile until they take the witness stand and make their impact on the jury, the reality is family members have played a prominent role during the first week of testimony, not only by participating in their attorneys’ trial strategy, but by their quiet presence each day in court.

There each day for the jury to see in the first three rows of Judge Barbara Bellis’ sunlight courtroom have been six-to-12 members of the Sandy Hook families, their expressions alternating between edge-of-their seat attentiveness and somber resignation to burying their heads in their hands and wiping tears away with tissue.

“Are you able to use your powers of perception to tell this jury whether Benjamin Wheeler was an actor?” the families’ lead attorney Chris Mattei asked a corporate representative from Jones’ Infowars conspiracy and merchandising platform, referring to a boy slain in the Sandy Hook massacre.

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