Alex Jones' Political Views on Trial in his Custody case-in part

Alex Jones Political Views During Custody Trial

On-air radio personality and political commentator Alex Jones has been going through a custody battle with his ex-wife, Kelly Jones. The case involves the three minor-children of the parties. Alex Jones has had sole legal custody of the three children since the time of the parties’ original divorce.

In Texas, custody trials are conducted before juries. In almost every other jurisdiction, including Kansas, a sole judge determines the outcome of the case.

Attorneys for Kelly Jones have tried to make the case about Alex Jones’ extreme political views. Alex Jones’ lawyers have tried to keep his political statements out of the courtroom. The judge has disallowed most of the political statements to be heard by the jury.

Alex Jones frequently makes controversial statements on his Infowars program, including claims that Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are possessed by demons and smell of sulfur.

His remarks are also known for taking a turn into the unseemly when he covers liberal celebrities, including a promise to 'break' Alec Baldwin's neck and telling Jennifer Lopez to go to Somalia, where she will be 'gang-raped so fast it’ll make your head spin.'

More recently, on March 30, he called Rep. Adam Schiff a 'c**ksucker' and a 'fairy' after Schiff, the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, called for an investigation into Trump's Russia ties. He then threatened to 'beat' Schiff's 'goddamn a**,' before paraphrasing John Wayne in True Grit: 'You got that you goddamn son of a b***h? Fill your hand.' (During his trial, Jones has retracted these statements on his Infowar program, saying such statements are his “performance art.”)

All three of those instances were cited by Kelly Jones as reasons why her husband is 'not a stable person' who should be entrusted with their kids.

But Jones's lawyer said that the claims aimed at his client were absurd - as ridiculous as judging Jack Nicholson's character based on his performance as the Joker in Tim Burton's 1989 Batman movie.

Judge Naranjo said she had never heard of Jones before he appeared in her court, and listened to clips of Infowars episodes to decide whether they could be heard in court.

The judge allowed two clips - one of him smoking marijuana in California, where it is legal, and one of him bringing his son onto the show.

In the latter clip, first broadcast in July 2015, when his son was 12, Jones invites his son to play a video - one of 15-20 he had made with the Infowars team who had 'taken him under their wing'.

'He is undoubtedly cut out for this, and I intend for him to eclipse what I’ve done,' Jones said. 'He's a way greater person than I was at 12. 'I love you so much, and I didn't mean to get you up here, sweetheart, and tell people how much I love you, but you're so handsome, and you're a good little knight who's going to grow up, I know, to be a great fighter against the enemy.'

After all the evidence was presented, the jury returned a verdict—resulting in a victory for Kelly Jones. The jury restored joint legal custody to the parties, but gave Kelly Jones the exclusive right to determine where the children will live most of the time. It is expected that she will choose that they live with her.

While custody battles and divorce cases in Kansas are only heard by judges, they can still be dramatic. However, it is best if drama can be avoided if possible. It makes sense to resolve cases sensibly. There is of course a time to be litigious, especially when the other side isn’t being reasonable, but you don’t want to fight just for the sake of fighting. Johnson County judges have heard arguments again and again. Appearing hostile without reason doesn’t help your case with them.

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