A jury in Thursday’s defamation trial of Alex Jones ordered the far-right conspiracy theorist to pay $4.1 million in damages for his repeated allegations of being lethal. Sandy Hook school shooting It was a hoax.
Austin jury, texasat the end of a nine-day trial, delivered a verdict after deliberating for about an hour on Wednesday and about seven hours on Thursday. It was well below over $50 million.
In a statement on behalf of the parents of the 6-year-old Sandy Hook victim whose trial was initiated by the lawsuit, attorney Mark Bankston said:
Bankston said to his client Neil Heslin and Scarlett Lewis “We are thrilled with the results and look forward to putting Jones’ money to good use.”
At another stage on Friday, a jury is due to determine whether Jones will owe punitive damages in addition to the compensation he was ordered to pay Thursday. not and multiple [other pending legal matters]it is clear that Mr. Jones’ time on the American stage is finally coming to an end,” added Bankston.
Heslin and Lewis, whose son Jesse Lewis was killed in a mass shooting, took the witness stand during the trial, and after Jones appeared on the right-wing conspiracy theory outlet Infowars and his other media outlets, Hesslin and Lewis took to the court to criticize surrounding conservatives. He detailed the emotional distress, death threats and harassment he suffered from the sect. Media platforms are ringing out the lie that none of his 20 children and his 6 adults who were murdered in the 2012 Connecticut school massacre actually died.
Instead, Jones has argued for years that victims and their loved ones are “crisis actors” carrying out elaborate ploys to enforce gun control.
In Jones’ own testimony, he apologized and admitted that the 2012 massacre at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, was “100% real.”
Ten of the 12 jurors signed Thursday’s verdict.
Heslin and Lewis Jones was sued for both defamation and willful emotional stress, and Jones lost the case by default because he did not provide documents in response to the plaintiff’s lawsuit. Its sole purpose was to determine the amount Jones should pay Jesse Lewis’ parents as compensation and punitive damages.
Jesse Lewis’ parents say they needed more than a full apology, asking jurors for an explanation after claiming Jones made it impossible for the couple to heal from the murder of their child I begged you.
Jones’ lies about the Sandy Hook murders form part of a larger body of misinformation and theories he had to apologize for — falsely claiming a Washington DC pizzeria was a children’s home. , including his pitch for the so-called “Pizzagate” conspiracy sexual abuse ring. Jones’ millions of followers have become so obsessed with this myth that in 2016, a man appeared who went there with a high-powered rifle and fired inside.
Before the trial, Jones tried to financially protect his media company, Free Speech Systems, which owns Infowars.free speech system recently submitted For federal bankruptcy protection, Sandy Hook’s family files another lawsuit, alleging the company is using shell entities to protect Jones and millions of people in his family. I was urged to
Andino Raynall, Jones’ attorney, tried to persuade the jury that it was unreasonable to expect his client to be able to predict the abuse Heslin and Scarlett Lewis would endure in the end.
Reynal asked the jury to limit the client’s damages to $1, despite evidence presented during the trial that Infowars was making over $800,000 daily. Jones, on the other hand, portrayed the case as an attack on free speech guaranteed under the First Amendment to the US Constitution.
Nonetheless, in an exchange with Raynal while on the witness stand, Jones admitted that his position regarding the Sandy Hook murder was a reckless lie.
“I met my parents,” Jones said during the trial. “It’s 100% real.”
The plaintiffs’ legal team subjected Jones to a rigorous cross-examination. in one of the most memorable episodes of the trialBankston revealed to Jones that his legal team was “messed up” and provided “every text message” Jones had written in the past two years.
These messages contained text that contradicted claims Jones made under oath in an earlier deposition that he had nothing on the phone regarding the Sandy Hook massacre. Bankston said he notified Jones’ attorney of the apparently erroneous leak, but that the defense took no action to label the communication as “privileged.”
Jones complained that Bankston got his “Perry Mason moment” at his expense, by making those he was interrogating dramatically confess to wrongdoing on the witness stand. Bankston interrupted the back-and-forth by asking Jones if he knew the definition of perjury before the presiding judge, Maya Guerra Gamble-Oath. crime of lying under
Jones said he did, but insisted he never tried to hide anything over the phone.
bankston on thursday Said A congressional committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol had asked him to provide the panel with a text from Jones, a prominent supporter of former President Donald Trump.
Pro-Trump mob carried out attack on Capitol, commission wants to reveal what communications the deposed president’s team made may have been with jones.
Bankston said he intends to comply with the request unless a judge orders otherwise.
A trial similar to the one in Austin is looming over Jones in Connecticut. The other Sandy Hook parents have pursued that lawsuit, and last year they won by default after refusing to provide the documents Jones requested.
Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones was ordered to pay $4.1 million for Sandy Hook’s false claims.US politics
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