Attorney for Alex Jones may be in trouble after accidental release of records

Houston attorney Federico Andino Reynal, left red-faced when it emerged that his team had sent damning information to opposing attorneys during the Alex Jones defamation trial in Texas, could also face career repercussions after the embarrassing incident.

Mr Reynal admitted last week that a digital copy of the contents of the Infowars host’s phone – including texts and medical records – had been accidentally sent to the legal team for the claimants. The mix-up led to a joyous moment for opposing attorneys as they used the information to catch Jones in blatant lies while under oath.

“The disclosure may have exposed Reynal to sanctions in another case, as well as the potential for malpractice claims by Jones, according to court documents and lawyers after the trial,” Reuters reported.

Randy Johnston, a legal malpractice attorney in Dallas, told the news agency that Mr. Jones could pursue a malpractice claim against his attorneys, but that he would have to prove that he would have gotten a better result from the Texas lawsuit if the phone information had not been available. handed over.

“Any complaint he would make is essentially ‘but for my lawyers I would be a successful liar,'” Johnston said.

He told Reuters that “information on Jones’ phone relevant to the Sandy Hook claims should have been provided to the plaintiffs before trial, as part of a court-supervised process known as discovery.”

“When Jones’ lawyers discovered they had accidentally shared the phone records, they should have at least warned Jones before he was on the stand,” he said.

Johnston also told Reuters that Sandy Hook parents could seek sanctions against the lawyers “and possibly Jones for failing to share relevant parts of the phone data earlier, and there could be a judicial inquiry into whether other information was not properly disclosed.”

After Friday’s verdict, the plaintiffs’ legal team told Judge Maya Guerra Gamble that they would seek sanctions against Jones’ lawyers in three cases, including telling the jury that their verdict would affect the legal, protected speech of others, Reuters reported.

Reynal told the news agency on Friday that his focus was “always on the jury and on advancing the best case for Alex,” adding that sanctions sought against him could be for a “tactical advantage” by his opponents.

Jones spent nearly a decade promoting the conspiracy theory that the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre in Newtown, Connecticut — where 20 six- and seven-year-olds were killed by a gunman who stormed an elementary school — had been a hoax.

He admitted during the trial that the atrocity had indeed occurred, even shaking hands with some relatives of the victims. Mr Jones has been ordered to pay nearly $50 million in damages, but has been defiant in his broadcasts and attitudes.

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