Houston attorney Federico Antino Reynal, left red-faced after it emerged his team had sent incriminating information to opposing attorneys during Alex Jones’ Texas libel trial, could also face career repercussions after the embarrassing incident.
Mr. Reynal admitted last week that a digital copy of content from the Infowars host’s phone — including texts and medical records — had been mistakenly sent to the plaintiffs’ legal team. The confusion led to a sweet moment for opposing attorneys when they used the information to catch Jones in blatant lies while under oath.
“The disclosure may have exposed Reynal to sanctions in a different case, as well as the possibility of malpractice claims by Jones, according to court documents and attorneys after the trial.” Reuters mentionted.
Randy Johnston, a Dallas malpractice attorney, told the news outlet that Jones could bring a malpractice claim against his attorneys, but he would have to prove he would have had a better outcome than the Texas trial if they hadn’t. phone information. handed over.
“Any complaint he would make is, essentially, ‘but for my lawyers, I would be a successful liar,'” Mr Johnston said.
He told Reuters that “the information on Jones’ phone related to the Sandy Hook claims should have been given to the plaintiffs before trial as part of a court-monitored process known as discovery.”
“Once Jones’ attorneys discovered they had accidentally shared the phone records, they should have at least warned Jones before he was on the stand,” he said.
Mr. Johnston also told Reuters that the Sandy Hook parents could seek sanctions against the lawyers “and possibly Jones for not releasing relevant portions of the phone data earlier, and there may be a judicial inquiry into whether other information was not disclosed correctly”.
After Friday’s verdict, the plaintiffs’ legal team told Judge Maya Guerra Gamble that they will seek sanctions against Jones’ lawyers on three counts, including telling the court that their verdict will affect other people’s legal, protected speech, Reuters reported.
Mr Reynal told the news agency on Friday that his focus was always on the jury and on making the best case for Alex, adding that the sanctions sought against him may be for “tactical advantage” by his opponents.
Mr. Jones spent nearly a decade promoting the conspiracy theory that the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre in Newtown, Connecticut — in which 20 six- and seven-year-olds were killed by a gunman who stormed an elementary school — was a hoax.
He admitted during the trial that the atrocity had indeed occurred, even shaking hands with some of the victims’ relatives. Jones has been ordered to pay nearly $50 million in restitution, but has remained defiant in his broadcasts and stance.