With many states the Jury decide on guilt, then damages based on what they've heard.Raymond Lin: I don't know much if anything about the US justice system, but are you sure a jury gets to set a fine level or indeed any kind of punitive action? I would have thought their sole job was deciding if the plaintive is innocent or guilty of whatever charge?
Jones has been very very lucky with this case as it is in Texas where the current governor put in limits on punative damages (after he himself got a very large payout). he's probably not going to be anything like as lucky in the other cases where he's played silly games with discovery and got defaults against him but with the damages still to be worked out.
He's also potentially got himself in some very hot water given his 11th lawyer handed over the contents of his phone, then didn't comply with the correct legal method to correct that sort of situation which means the contents of his phone may now be part of the court record/available to any other cases in full, it also potentially gives the judges in various cases a lot of ammo to go after him for perjury given he's been shown to have lied in court even before the phone booboo, and it's now showing that he lied about having emails/texts about the case in his possession.
The fun thing will be if in his attempts to grift and delay the cases, he has not only lost them by defaults, but potentially opened himself up to a lot of additional scrutiny from the likes of judges in those cases, the bankruptcy court (who may be very interested in his real financial status as will likely be at least partially shown by those records), and the likes of the J6 enquiry who may also be very interested in what was said to him by others.