Who among us hasn’t forwarded the entire contents of our client’s phone to opposing counsel? And then ignored that counsel’s written notice of the mistaken transmission, allowing our client to be ignominiously impeached on the witness stand?
Shit happens, right?
Yesterday Alex Jones’s lawyer Andino Reynal was accused by opposing counsel Mark Bankston of deliberately soliciting false testimony and violating motions in limine. And today, things got worse!
Because at the conclusion of his direct examination of his client, Reynal got a big surprise from Mark Bankston, attorney for Scarlett Lewis and Neil Heslin, the parents of 6-year-old Jesse Lewis who was murdered at Sandy Hook Elementary.
“Your attorneys messed up,” Bankston told Jones on the witness stand. “Twelve days ago they sent me your whole phone, and that is how I know you lied to me about not having any messages about Sandy Hook.”
Apparently, Reynal put the digital copy of Jones’s iPhone in a shared Dropbox folder, and then blew it off when Bankston sent a HEY, IDIOT notice. And now, it’s too late.
Bankston then went on to pull out texts about Sandy Hook, something that opposing counsel said did not exist. Ditto for emails, immediately disproving Jones’s testimony about not having an email account. And Jones’s vamping about his skimpy profit margins couldn’t survive the introduction of a glowing memo from Jones’s bookkeeper about all the money they were raking in on prepper meals.
“I must have dictated that to my assistant,” Jones mumbled, when confronted with incontrovertible proof that he does in fact use email.
Faced with Bankston’s demand to read a text from Infowars host Paul Joseph Watson referring to Sandy Hook, Jones remembered that he was “ill” and was overtaken by a coughing fit.
At the conclusion of Jones’s testimony, Reynal sat quietly staring at his hands and contemplating his life choices while Bankston’s team slapped him on the back and congratulated him.
“You know what nobody’s talked about yet?” Bankston said next to what he surely knew was a hot mike. “What happens when that phone goes to law enforcement?”
So, rest assured, no matter how rough your day was at work, Andino Reynal’s day was worse.
Liz Dye lives in Baltimore where she writes about law and politics.