Alex Jones ordered to pay nearly $1 billion to Sandy Hook families in Connecticut trial

Alex Jones was ordered to pay hundreds of millions of dollars in a defamation case To promote the lie that the 2012 Sandy Hook school massacre was a hoax. A Connecticut jury found Jones liable for $965 million, bringing the amount up to $120 million for an individual.

Jones and his company were found liable for damages last year. A six-person jury was tasked with determining how much the Infowars show host should pay 15 plaintiffs — including families and an FBI agent — to call the 2012 massacre a hoax.

The jury was directed to arrive at two compensatory damages amounts for the defendants: one for defamatory damages and the other for emotional distress damages.

After the verdict was read out, some of the litigants hugged in the courtroom. Jones was not there, but Court’s live video was played on split screen at his Infowars show.

“Hey guys, don’t go buy big houses,” he said.

Alex Jones speaks to the media outside the Sandy Hook trial in Waterbury, Connecticut
InfoWars founder Alex Jones speaks to the media outside Waterbury Superior Court during his trial on September 21, 2022 in Waterbury, Connecticut.

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Jones dismissed the trial as “kangaroo court”, describing it as an insult to free speech rights, and called the judge “atrocious”. His lawyer told the jury that whatever damages awarded should be minimal.

It’s not clear how many judgments Jones might pay. During a recent trial in Texas, he testified that he could not make any judgments worth more than $2 million. Jones’ media company Free Speech Systems filed for bankruptcy protection in July. But one economist testified in the Texas proceedings that Jones and his company were worth as much as $270 million.

The trial featured tearful testimony from the victims’ parents and siblings, who described how they were bullied and harassed for years by people who believed the lies told on Jones’ show.

Strangers appeared at their homes to record them. People made lewd comments on social media. Erica Lafferty, the daughter of slain Sandy Hook principal Don Hochsprung, testified that people had threatened rape at her home. Mark Barden recounts how conspiracy theorists urinated on the grave of his 7-year-old son Daniel and threatened to dig the coffin.

After the verdict, several family members spoke in an emotional press conference.

Robbie Parker, whose daughter said, “All I can really say is that I’m proud of what we were able to achieve is just telling the truth. And it shouldn’t be that hard, and it shouldn’t be so scary ” Emily was killed by being shot. “Every day in that courtroom, we got up on the stands and we told the truth.”

Sandy Hook family speaks out after Alex Jones ordered to pay nearly $1 billion in damages


Jones has also been found liable in default in two similar lawsuits, which lie in his hometown of Austin, Texas, where a trial a jury ordered Jones to pay in August. about $50 million In harm to the parents of one of the children killed. The third trial in Texas is expected to begin at the end of the year.

When Jones faced a Texas jury and testified under oath, he cut short his rhetoric. He said he realized the blatant lies were irresponsible and that the school shooting was “100% real”.

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