Alex Jones declares win in libel lawsuit despite losing over $4 million
A second verdict has been handed down in the trial of Infowars founder and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones. The Austin, Texas jury ruled Thursday that he must 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. Friday they ordered Jones to pay an additional $45.2 million in punitive damages.
Neil Heslin and Scarlett Lewis filed a defamation complaint against Jones over his allegation that the school shooting, which killed 20 children and six adults, was fraudulent.
Both gave passionate testimony as they sat on the witness stand about how Jones’s lies – broadcast to millions – affected their lives and prolonged their grief.
Jones now faces another lawsuit in Texas, filed by the parents of another victim, and another lawsuit in Connecticut for the families of eight of the other victims.
During the trial, it was found that his own lawyer had mistakenly shared the entire contents of Jones’ phone with the opposition legal team, who were asked to provide them to the Jan. 6 committee.
Jones remains defiant after court orders him to pay millions
Alex Jones returned to the airwaves almost immediately on Friday after being ordered to pay nearly $50 million to grieving Sandy Hook parents — and continued to insist the decks were stacked against him while blaming George Soros and “agents” for its legal problems.
That defiance contrasted sharply with the flushed, slack jaws that marked on Mr. Jones’ face during the trial when it was revealed that his lawyers had wrongly sent damning evidence to the opposing attorney.
This week, the Infowars media mogul, estimated to be worth about $270 million by an economist witness, lost the first of several lawsuits against him for spreading conspiracy theories and misinformation. He repeatedly insisted that the 2012 Sandy Hook school massacre in Newtown, Connecticut—when a gunman killed 20 six- and seven-year-olds at an elementary school—was staged as a hoax.
Alex Jones remains defiant after court orders him to pay millions; blames George Soros
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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
Jones and company worth up to $270 million, economist says
Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and his company Free Speech Systems are worth up to $270 million. Shootings at Hook Elementary School.
The same jury ordered Jones to pay Neil Heslin and Scarlett Lewis $4.1 million in compensation for defamation. Punitive damages are being determined as a separate issue, and the parents want to punish Jones for a decade of bogus hoax claims that they believe have led to a decade of trauma and abuse by the Infowars host’s followers.
Economist: Alex Jones, his company worth up to $270 million
An economist says conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and his company Free Speech Systems are worth up to $270 million
Oliver O’ConnellAugust 7, 2022 16:30
ICYMI: Jury Orders Jones to Pay Additional $45.2 Million in Punishment Damages
The jury has ordered Alex Jones to pay an additional $45.2 million in punitive damages on top of the $4.1 million in compensatory damages they ordered him yesterday.
Jones and his company now owe a total of $49.3 million.
Alex Jones ordered to pay additional $45.2 million in punitive damages by Texas jury
Ruling came a day after right-wing media figure was ordered to pay $4.11 million in damages
Oliver O’ConnellAugust 7, 2022 3:00 PM
Jones Bizarrely Calls $4.1 Million Sandy Hook Judgment a ‘Victory for Truth’
After the jury ruled in Alex Jones’ libel damages lawsuit and ordered him to pay the plaintiffs $4.1 million (£3.4 million) in damages, the bombastic Infowars host nevertheless declared victory. .
Mr Jones was taken to court by Neil Heslin and Scarlett Lewis, the parents of six-year-old Jesse Lewis, the victim of the Sandy Hook massacre, after they claimed to have endured years of torment and fear over his claims that the mass shooting in 2012 a hoax.
Although the jury awarded a significantly smaller amount than the plaintiffs’ request for $150 million (£124 million), it was much more than the $8 (£6.6 million) offered by Mr Jones’s lawyer – one dollar for each charge against him.
Alex Jones Bizarrely Calls $4.1 Million Sandy Hook Judgment a ‘Victory for Truth’
First of three lawsuits against conspiracy theorist broadcaster over Sandy Hook lies
Oliver O’ConnellAugust 7, 2022 13:30
Roger Stone Claims Lawyer Deliberately Leaked Alex Jones Texts
Trump ally and self-confessed political “dirty impostor” Roger Stone accuses the lawyers of Infowars presenter Alex Jones of intentionally leaking the contents of the right-wing broadcaster’s cell phone during the recent defamation trial of Sandy Hook.
On Friday, Mr. Stone posted to Telegram highlighting how Mr. Jones’ attorney, Andino Reynal, had worked for the Obama-era Justice Department.
Now do you think the release of Jones’ text messages was ‘accidental’ or a mistake? If I were Jones, I would charge this man for the exact same amount the jury finds against him,” Stone wrote.
Roger Stone alleges lawyer deliberately leaked Alex Jones lyrics: ‘Sue this guy’
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Oliver O’ConnellAugust 7, 2022 10:30 am
Vote: Alex Jones got his comeuppance in the Sandy Hook defamation lawsuit – finally
There is little in this world more satisfying than seeing a bad man get what he deserved. The pleasure of seeing someone put down after repeatedly “get away with murder” is better for the human body and soul than vegetables and religion. But in recent years, for many prominent people, the consequences haven’t really felt like they were on the map. Bad men no longer get what they deserve. They get book deals, or a TV show, or elected prime minister. Bad men get rich.
Unless your name is Alex Jones, in which case bad men are humiliated over and over on an extremely public forum and then taken to the cleaners by the vulnerable people who used them to make a name for themselves.
Opinion: Alex Jones got what he deserved in the Sandy Hook defamation lawsuit – finally
Hopefully Jones is the first of many bloated, odious dominoes to fall, as we finally begin to see justice for the many humiliations inflicted upon us by terrible men over the years.
Oliver O’ConnellAugust 7, 2022 09:30
‘If he breathes, he lies’
Oliver O’ConnellAugust 7, 2022 07:30
Jones must pay more than $4 million in damages to the Sandy Hook family
Right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones has been ordered to pay $4.11 million (£3.38 million) in damages to the family of a Sandy Hook victim.
Neil Heslin and Scarlett Lewis, whose six-year-old son Jesse was one of 20 students and six adults killed in the mass shooting, have sued Jones and his media company over claims that the massacre was a “false flag” operation and that the victims didn’t really exist.
Graeme Massie followed the process for… The independent.
Alex Jones ordered to pay more than $4 million in damages to the Sandy Hook family
Infowars’ conspiracy theorist claimed within hours of the 2012 massacre that it was staged and the victims weren’t real
Oliver O’ConnellAugust 7, 2022 04:30
Watch: Full Thursday Morning Annulment
Oliver O’ConnellAugust 7, 2022 01:30