Alex Jones declares victory in defamation trial despite losing over $4 million
A second verdict has been reached in the trial of Infowars founder and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones. A jury in Austin, Texas, decided Thursday that he should pay more than $4 million in damages to the parents of six-year-old Jesse Lewis, who was killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre. On Friday they ordered Jones to pay an additional $45.2 million in punitive damages.
Neil Heslin and Scarlett Lewis filed a defamation suit against Jones over his allegations that the school shooting, which saw the deaths of 20 children and six adults, was a hoax.
Both gave emotional testimony while in the witness box about how Jones’ lies – broadcast to millions – affected their lives and prolonged their grief.
Jones now faces another trial in Texas brought by the parents of a different victim, and another trial in Connecticut for the families of eight other victims.
It emerged during the trial that his attorney had mistakenly shared the entire contents of Jones’ phone with the opposing legal team he was asked to present to the January 6 panel.
Jones is still defiant after being ordered by a court to pay millions
Alex Jones returned to the ether almost immediately on Friday after being ordered to pay nearly $50 million to Sandy Hook’s grieving parents – and he continued to insist the floors were stacked against him as he blamed George Soros and “clients” for his legal troubles.
This defiance was in stark contrast to the red-faced, flabby jawline shock that recorded on Mr Jones’ face during the trial when it was found that his lawyers mistakenly sent compelling evidence to the opposing attorney.
This week, media mogul Infowars, valued at nearly $270 million by an economic witness, lost the first of several trials against him for spreading conspiracy theories and misinformation. He has repeatedly insisted that the 2012 Sandy Hook school massacre in Newtown, Connecticut—when a gunman killed 20 elementary school children aged six to seven—was orchestrated as a hoax.
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Oliver O’ConnellAugust 7 2022 22:30
Watch: Plaintiffs’ attorney asks jury to award maximum amount
Oliver O’ConnellAugust 7 2022 19:30
An economist says Jones and his company are worth $270 million
Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and his company Free Speech Systems have seen as much as $270 million, an economist testified Friday before a jury trying to determine whether Jones should pay punitive damages to the family of a 6-year-old killed in the 2012 Sandy shooting At Hook Elementary School.
The same jury ordered Jones to pay $4.1 million to Neil Heslin and Scarlett Lewis in libel damages. Punitive damages are being singled out as a separate issue, and the parents want Jones to be punished for ten years of pushing false claims they say led to a decade of trauma and abuse from followers of the Infowars host.
Economist: Alex Jones, his company is worth $270 million
An economist says conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and his company Free Speech Systems are worth $270 million
Oliver O’ConnellAugust 7, 2022 16:30
ICYMI: Jury orders Jones to pay an additional $45.2 million in punitive damages
The jury asked Alex Jones to pay an additional $45.2 million in punitive damages in addition to the $4.1 million in damages they ordered him to pay yesterday.
Jones and his company now owe a total of $49.3 million.
Alex Jones ordered an additional $45.2 million in punitive damages by a Texas jury
The ruling came a day after a right-wing media ordered it to pay $4.11 million in compensation
Oliver O’ConnellAugust 7 2022 15:00
Jones Oddly Calls $4.1 Million Ruling Sandy Hook As A ‘Triumph of Truth’
After the jury reached a verdict in Alex Jones’s trial for defamation damages and ordered him to pay the plaintiffs $4.1m (£3.4m) in damages, the nonetheless successful Infowars host declared victory.
Jones has been taken to court by Neil Heslin and Scarlett Lewis, parents of six-year-old Sandy Hook massacre victim Jesse Lewis, after claiming to have endured years of torment and anguish over his allegations that the 2012 mass shooting was a hoax.
While the jury awarded much less than the plaintiffs’ $150m (£124m) request, it was significantly more than the $8 (£6.6m) offered by Jones’ lawyers – $1 per charge.
Alex Jones calls Sandy Hook’s $4.1 million ruling a ‘triumph of truth’
The first three trials against a conspiracy theorist on Sandy Hook lies
Oliver O’ConnellAugust 7 2022 13:30
Roger Stone claims that the attorney deliberately leaked Alex Jones’ transcripts
Roger Stone, a Trump ally and a dirty political conman, accuses Infowars host Alex Jones’ attorneys of intentionally leaking the cell phone contents of a right-wing broadcaster during the recent Sandy Hook libel trial.
On Friday, Stone shared a post on Telegram, highlighting how Jones’ attorney, Andino Renal, worked at the Obama Department of Justice.
“Now do you think his release from Jones’s text messages was ‘inadvertent’ or a mistake? Had I been in Jones’s place, I would have sued this man for the same amount the jury found against him,” Mr. Stone wrote.
Roger Stone claims attorney deliberately leaked Alex Jones texts: ‘Sow this guy’
Alex Jones and Roger Stone were figures in the “Stop the Robbery” rallies that took place before and during the January 6 riots at the US Capitol.
Oliver O’ConnellAugust 7, 2022 10:30
VOICES: Alex Jones got his sentence in Sandy Hook libel trial – finally
There is nothing in this world more satisfying than seeing a bad guy get his score. The pleasure of seeing someone after they “get away with murder” over and over is better for human body and soul than vegetables and religion. But over the past few years, the consequences haven’t really been as palpable as they would have been on paper for many of the notables. Bad guys don’t get their punishment anymore. They get book deals, a TV show, or an elected prime minister. Bad guys get rich.
Unless your name is Alex Jones, i.e. in which case bad guys are humiliated over and over in a very public forum and then taken to the cleaners by the weak guys who are used to making a name for themselves.
Opinion: Alex Jones got his sentence in Sandy Hook libel trial — finally
Hopefully Jones will be the first of many hateful, bloated dominoes to fall as we are finally beginning to see some justice done for the many indignities inflicted on us over the past few years by terrible men.
Oliver O’ConnellAugust 7, 2022 09:30
When he breathes he lies
Oliver O’ConnellAugust 7, 2022 07:30
Jones ordered more than $4 million in damages to Sandy Hook’s family
Right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones has been ordered to pay $4.11m (£3.38m) in compensation to the family of Sandy Hook victim.
Neil Heslin and Scarlett Lewis, their six-year-old son Jesse who was among 20 students and six adults killed in the mass shooting, sued Jones and his media company over allegations he made that the massacre was a “pseudo-science” operation and that the victims didn’t really exist. .
Graeme Massey was watching the trial of independent.
Alex Jones ordered more than $4 million in damages to Sandy Hook’s family
The Infowars conspiracy theorist claimed within hours of the 2012 massacre that it had been orchestrated and that the victims were not real.
Oliver O’ConnellAugust 7 2022 04:30
Watch: The lawsuit to nullify the full trial from Thursday morning
Oliver O’ConnellAugust 7, 2022 01:30