Aug 6 (Reuters) – The lawyer defending conspiracy theorist Alex Jones in a Texas trial drew his own national headlines this week for accidentally handing over highly-sensitive data to his adversaries, opening him up to potential legal consequences.
Houston lawyer Federico Andino Reynal acknowledged that Jones’ legal team had provided lawyers for parents of a child killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School mass shooting with a digital copy of the Infowars founder’s phone contents, which included text messages and medical records.
The disclosure was made public by a lawyer for the parents in a dramatic exchange with Jones as the trial neared its close.
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The revelation may have exposed Reynal to sanctions in a different case, as well as the potential for malpractice claims by Jones, according to court documents and lawyers following the trial.
Jones could pursue a malpractice claim against his attorneys, but would have to prove that he would have had a better result from the Texas trial if the phone information hadn’t been handed over, said Randy Johnston, a legal malpractice lawyer in Dallas.
“Any complaint he would make is, essentially, ‘but for my lawyers, I would have been a successful wild,'” Johnston said.
Reynal told Reuters on Friday that his focus “was always on the jury and on putting the best case forward for Alex.” He said sanctions sought against him may be for a “tactical advantage” by his opponents.
Jones couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.An Austin jury on Friday awarded the parents $45.2 million in punitive damages against Jones for falsely calling the 2012 massacre a hoax, on top of a $4.1 million compensatory damages verdict the day before.
A judge in Austin had rejected a bid by Reynal on Thursday to