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Co-conspirators ordered to pay parents for hoaxed school massacre allegations

US conspiracy theorist Alex Jones should pay at least $4.1 million (A$5.9 million) to the parents of children killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre for falsely claiming the shooting was a hoax. A Texas jury ruled.

Thursday’s ruling follows a two-week trial in Austin, Texas, home of Jones’ radio show and webcast Infowars.

A jury next fined $75 million ($108 million) from Jones for spreading the lie that 20 children and six employees were murdered at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, in December. ) Consider parental requests for punitive damages. 14/14/2012.

Neil Heslin and Scarlett Lewis, the estranged parents of the murdered 6-year-old Jesse Lewis, have led Jones followers for years in the false belief that their parents lied about their son’s death. He testified that he harassed them and sent them death threats.

In closing arguments Wednesday, their attorney Kyle Farrar urged jurors to end what he called their nightmare and hold Jones accountable for profiting from his son’s death.

Jones’ attorney, Federico Reynal, admitted in closing arguments that Jones and Infowars had “irresponsibly” reported Sandy Hook, but said his client was not responsible for the harassment.

Jones had previously claimed that mainstream media and gun control activists colluded to fabricate the Sandy Hook tragedy, and that the shooting was staged using crisis managers.

He later admitted that the shooting took place and tried to distance himself from his previous falsehoods during the trial.

He said the shooting was “100% real”.

In a surprising development, attorneys for Heslin and Lewis revealed Wednesday that Jones’ attorney inadvertently sent two years’ worth of his texts and didn’t ask for them in time.

Gamble Thursday rejected a miscarriage of justice claim by Jones’ attorneys who argued that the plaintiffs’ attorneys should immediately destroy the records.

In the second phase of the damages trial, both sides will present arguments regarding Jones’ net worth. A financial expert will testify on behalf of the parents. Jones is expected to return to the stands.

Jones’ company, Free Speech Systems LLC, declared bankruptcy last week. Jones said on Monday’s broadcast that the application would help the company continue broadcasting while it appeals.

Judge Maya Guerra Gamble cautioned on Tuesday that Jones did not tell the truth about complying with bankruptcy and discovery during his testimony.

The parents’ attorney also accused Jones of approaching the trial with malicious intent, citing a broadcast in which Jones said the trial was held against him unfairly, and the jury pool said, “What planet are they on?” I don’t know,” he said, and it was full of people.

Heslin and Lewis joined the other Sandy Hook parents in asking a judge to stop the free speech system from transferring money to Jones and his company until it ran out.

His parents alleged that Jones had robbed the company of $62 million (AUD 89 million) and owed a “fabricated” debt of $65 million (AUD 93 million) to PQPR Holdings, a company owned by Jones and his parents. claims to have been injured.

Jones was due to stand trial in a similar suit in Connecticut in September, but that case has been put on hold pending bankruptcy proceedings.

Sandy Hook gunman Adam Lanza, 20, carried out the massacre using a Remington Bushmaster rifle. It ended when Lanza committed suicide to the approaching sound of police sirens.

-AAP

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Co-conspirators ordered to pay parents for hoaxed school massacre allegations

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