In a breaking story by the Associated Press, a Texas jury on Thursday has found radio host Alex Jones liable for over $4 million in compensation to the parents of a victim of the Sandy Hook mass shooting.
BREAKING: A jury ordered conspiracy theorist Alex Jones to pay more than $4 million in compensatory damages to Sandy Hook parents. It still must decide punitive damages. https://t.co/hCaHP052d0
— The Associated Press (@AP) August 4, 2022
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A Texas jury on Thursday ordered conspiracy theorist Alex Jones to pay more than $4 million in compensatory damages to the parents of a 6-year-old boy who was killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, marking the first time the Infowars host has been held financially liable for repeatedly claiming the deadliest school shooting in U.S. history was a hoax.
The Austin jury must still decide how much the Infowars host must pay in punitive damages to Neil Heslin and Scarlett Lewis, whose son Jesse Lewis was among the 20 children and six educators who were killed in the 2012 attack in Newtown, Connecticut.
The parents had sought at least $150 million in compensation for defamation and intentional infliction of emotional distress. Jones’ attorney asked the jury to limit damages to $8 — one dollar for each of the compensation charges they are considering — and Jones himself said any award over $2 million “would sink us.”
The report adds that this may just be the beginning of compensation obligations for Jones, as the final ruling on damages in another case is pending:
A Connecticut judge has ruled against him in a similar lawsuit brought by other victims’ families and an FBI agent who worked on the case.
As my colleague Joe Cunningham wrote on Wednesday, the bad news for the media provocateur started earlier this week, when Jones learned while on the stand to testify “[t]hat Jones’ own lawyer had sent a digital copy of Jones’ phone to the Sandy Hook lawyer by mistake and never attempted to claim it was privileged.”
But he also wrote that there’s also the ongoing demand from the House January 6 Committee to have access to Jones’ messages. This story isn’t going to be over anytime soon, in other words.
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