Alex Jones erupts after a day on the witness stand at his Sandy Hook damages trial and the judge threatens all parties with contempt

A combative Alex Jones testified in his own defense Thursday in a defamation suit by families of Sandy Hook shooting victims and erupted angrily late in the day, engaging in a shouting match with a lawyer for the relatives and prompting the judge to threaten to impose contempt sentences.

As he neared the end of a daylong examination of Jones, family lawyer Christopher Mattei raised his voice, turned and gestured toward the families packed into the front of the court room and told Jones, “You put targets on all their backs.”

Jones, who had grown increasingly angry under hours of questions intended to portray him as a liar, lost his composure.

Jones shouted that he has admitted he was wrong in calling the Sandy Hook mass murders a hoax and said he has apologized to the families of 20 first-graders and six educators killed in the attacks “hundreds of times.”

Across the courtroom, Jones’ lawyer, Norm Pattis was trying to stop the outburst by shouting “objection” over and over, but Jones either didn’t hear him or chose not to.

After restoring order, Judge Barbara Bellis allowed Mattei to finish his examination of Jones, which required minutes. Then she excused the jury and told the lawyer she would not tolerate further outbursts.

How are we going to avoid this problem tomorrow?,” she asked.

She told Pattis, “The record will reflect that your client kept giving answers even before you could get your objection out.”

“What I am not going to have is what we just saw,” she said. “So I leave it in your capable hands to make sure we don’t have outbursts tomorrow. I will have a zero tolerance police tomorrow so you can expect contempt hearings if anyone steps out of line. And Mr. Jones? The same thing applies to you.”

The outburst took place after hours of sparring between Jones and Mattei in Waterbury Suprior Court. Jones equivocated, admitted little and and grew visibly agitated as Mattei pressed him with questions about broadcasting “lies” that the Sandy Hook masscre was a hoax, and the families and their murdered children were actors in a conspiracy to build support for gun control.

As the trial has unfolded over a week, Jones’ conspiratorial views have been on display. He pushes his belief on a broadcast that reaches 10 percent of the world’s English speakers that a cabal of globalists is unleashing viruses, poisoning the environment and trying to win repeal of the second amendment as preludes to enslaving the U.S. population.

For years after the 2012 school massacre, Jones claimed it was staged to disarm legal gun owners. He said he realized six years ago that the claim was false.

Over the first week of trial, and through Jones’ testimony Wednesday, the lawyers for the victim families have presented evidence suggesting his audience spiked whenever he portrayed Sandy Hook as a hoax. In pointed questions they have tried to build a case to jurors that Jones’ frequent repetition of Sandy Hook hoax programming was a cynical effort to cash in on a big audience directed over the internet to retail sales sites for his overpriced nutritional supplements and survivalist gear.

Mattei continued to succeed Thursday in showing jurors that the hoax claims were lies, that the families have been tormented and threatened by people who still subscribe to Jones’ claims they are actors in a fraud and that Jones’ is making massive profits off fears of the gullible of specious conspiracies.

But every admission by Jones was hard fought.

Asked whether his credibility was important to him, Jones replied that his foremost concern is “crushing globalism.” On the subject of profit, Mattei asked, “You just keep minting the money, don’t you?” Jones smiled and replied in his raw, rasping voice that the fight against “the deep state” never ends and that “people care about the first amendment.”

The questioning of Jones was complicated by an order by Bellis that the lawyers not ask about a half dozen or topics and Jones not volunteer testimony on the topics. The families claim in their four-year old suit that Jones false hoax claims defamed and injured them. The prohibition against certain testimony is the result of a default order against Jones a year ago that settled the question of liability in favor of the families after Jones failed to comply with orders and participate in reciprocal exchanges of information with the plaintiffs.

The only question to be decided by the jury is what Jones owes in damages. He is allowed to argue over the amount of compensation, but is prohibited under the default order from testifying about about a half dozen topics in an attempt to reduce the jury’s award.

Among the prohibited topic are a related Texas suit in which another Sandy Hook family won a $50 million verdict against Jones, his filing for bankruptcy in Texas, the fact that he has been banned by social media companies such as Twitter and Facebook and his claims that the suits are part of a politically motivated attemot to restrict his free speech rights.

“There are certain areas that are not going to be asked about and cannot be testified about,” Bellis told Jones, before listing the subjects he was not to discuss.”I don’t want to have any unpleasantness.”

The first questions from Mattei after Bellis opened court and identified the prohibited topics had to do with attacks by Jones on Bellis during his broadcasts over the last week.

“You actually called this judge a tyrant, didn’t you?” Matttei said.

“Yes,” Jones replied

“You actually call people a tyrant a lot?” Mattei said.

“When they deserve it”, Jones said.

Jones testified that he offers his audience updates on the trial through a new web page he referred to as called “Kangaroo Court” watch.

Jones is expected to be questioned by Pattis Friday.