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WEDNESDAY WRAP-UP: Alex Jones means what he says, Infowars host testifies in trial


6:10 p.m. update: Testifying at his child custody trial, Alex Jones said Wednesday that he means what he says on Infowars, though he also indulges in satire and comedy on the show.

On its multiple platforms Jones’ show reaches at least 70 million people a week, he said.

“I believe in the overall political program I am promoting of Americana and freedom,” said Jones, discounting any suggestion that, in his on-air persona, he is “playing a trick on the public.”

Jones, who testified for a little more than an hour at the end of the day and will return to the stand on Thursday, described a life in which he successfully melds his on-air role and leadership of a successful media “combine,” and what he described as his most important role as a parent to three children, ages 9, 12 and 14.

Read our complete report from today’s trial. 

4:15 p.m. update: Austin broadcaster Alex Jones has begun testifying in the child custody case involving his three children.

Earlier: After lunch, Alissa Sherry, the case manager in the divorce proceeding, completed her testimony.

She was followed by a video deposition by Trae Gilbert, a licensed professional counselor from Austin who worked with Sherry on the case and subsequently worked as a therapist with Kelly Jones.

He said she suffered from emotional dysregulation and transient psychosis. He said she was probably victimized as a child and that she felt her mother was negligent, mean and disdainful of her.

Gilbert said Kelly Jones felt that Sherry was working against her. He agreed that she also had a tendency to blame others for her problems.

After a break, the jury will hear the last 15 minutes of the video deposition.

Alex Jones could be next to testify, but it remains to be seen whether the judge will want to put him no the stand this late in the afternoon or start fresh in the morning.

Alex Jones has already changed his shirt once. A freshly laundered white shirt was delivered to the courtroom for him midday.

1:45 p.m. update: State District Judge Orlinda Naranjo, who is presiding over the child custody dispute between Alex Jones and his ex-wife Kelly Jones, has banned all electronic devices from the courtroom. She said it would be in the best interests of the Jones children.

American-Statesman reporter Jonathan Tilove will no longer be providing regular updates to the proceedings via Twitter.

Earlier: The Alex Jones trial is recessed for lunch, resuming at 1:30.

Jones was originally supposed to testify Tuesday, and then today.

He may yet testify today, but the third of three psychologists involved in the case has yet to testify. He is scheduled to go before Jones, and those interrogations have gone very slowly.

Amid the testimony, the real story of the morning has been Alex Jones’ ability to rattle his ex-wife’s counsel with his smirks and head shakes. The lawyers twice protested to Judge Orlinda Naranjo. They offered the same protests Tuesday.

The judge said she is not going to stop Jones from communicating with his counsel, but asked him to switch his seat so he is facing her and not his ex-wife’s lawyers.

As anyone who watches Infowars knows, even without opening his mouth, Jones has a broad and hugely expressive face and he’s not afraid to use it.

While Jones was playing mind games with his wife’s lawyers, they were busy attempting to demonstrate that the Austin psychologists working as the guardian ad litem — assigned by the court to look out for the interests of the children in a divorce proceeding — and the case manager for the divorce, wrangling the therapy team and keeping everyone straight and in sync, were in Alex Jones’ corner and were very well paid.

The guardian ad litem — Allison Wilcox — said she had worked 1,000 hours on the case, and her rate was $150 an hour, but she didn’t bill for all of her hours.

Alissa Sherry, case manager for the divorce, said her rate was $400 an hour and she had earned about $175,000 on what she described as the most difficult case of her life over the course of about a year. She also said she had not billed for all her hours.

Alex Jones’ lawyer said that Kelly Jones suffers from emotional dysregulation, which Sherry described as an episodic tendency to respond in a manner and with an intensity out of proportion to the circumstances.

Kelly Jones’ lawyers were able to bring before the jury Alex Jones’ diagnosis of narcissistic personality disorder — in which a person has a haughty and unearned sense of self-regard — though Sherry said she wasn’t sure whether the diagnosis in his psych file for the case was that he exhibited the disorder or just certain narcissistic traits.

Bobby Newman, representing Kelly Jones, asked whether it might by an indication of narcissism that Alex Jones did not want his young daughter, who had broken her toe, wearing the boot the doctor ordered her wear to better heal.

“Perhaps,” Sherry said.

Earlier: Alex Jones is expected to testify at his child custody trial at the Travis County Courthouse Wednesday.

Jones was supposed to take the stand Tuesday, but the pace of the trial slowed down with testimony from two psychologists close to the case and Jones’ appearance was pushed back until Wednesday, and not until after the second of those psychologists finishes her testimony and a third psychologist takes the stand.

Proceedings get under way at 9 a.m.

In the meantime, there is the story on Tuesday’s day in court, Ken Herman’s column about the trial, and a First Reading looking ahead to Jones’ testimony.



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