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Jury settles for almost $1 billion compensation from Alex Jones for damaging the lives of Sandy Hook victims’ families

Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones found himself in trouble when he called the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting a hoax, leading to a lawsuit from the victims’ families.

As a result, on Wednesday, a Connecticut jury ruled that Jones must pay $965 million in damages.

The decision concludes a weeks-long lawsuit that exposed the damage caused by Jones’s lies.

Punishment could destroy Alex Jones’s Infowars empire, which was at the heart of significant conspiracy theories during former President George W. Bush’s administration.

The decision

Upon reading the jury’s decisions, the plaintiffs and their attorneys were visibly moved as it marked a pivotal moment in a years-long trial.

The lawsuit began in 2018 when the families filed lawsuits against Jones and Free Speech Systems, the parent company of the fringe media organization Infowars.

Alex Jones has insisted for years that the 2012 mass shooting that killed 26 people was staged, accusing families and first responders of being “actors of the crisis.”

The trials

During the trials, prosecutors described how the lies caused people to harass them and increased the emotional anguish of losing loved ones.

The plaintiffs in the lawsuit included relatives of eight students and employees and an FBI agent who responded to the shooting.

The three cases were merged into a single trial.

When the verdict came, Alex Jones was not in court.

Instead, he went live and mocked the decision of his Infowars program, which he used to raise money.

It is unclear how much money the plaintiffs will see and when they will get it.

According to Jones, he would appeal the decision and, on his show, he said there was no money to pay the enormous sum the jury had awarded to the plaintiffs.

The verdict

Attorney Christopher Mattei, representing the plaintiffs, urged the jury to award at least half a billion dollars for permanently harming the lives of his clients.

He said the figure would represent the more than 550 million online impressions that Jones’s Sandy Hook lie would receive online.

“You may say that is astronomical. It is,” said Mattei. “It’s exactly what Alex Jones set himself up to do.”

“That’s what he built. He built a lie machine that could push this stuff out. You reap what you sow.”

When the jury announced their verdict, Mattei applauded them. He then turned to reporters outside the courthouse and said:

“The jury’s verdict is a testament to that courage, in a resounding affirmation that people of goodwill, dedicated to the truth, mindful of their responsibilities to their fellow citizens can come together to protect the innocent, to reveal lies masquerading as truth, and to set right a historic wrong.”

Two months later, a separate jury in Texas ruled that Jones and the company should award two of Sandy Hook’s parents, who are suing the state for nearly $50 million.

At the end of this month, the judge in the Texas case will consider whether damages granted under Texas law should be reduced.

The effects of Alex Jones’ conspiracies

Although Alex Jones insisted the 2012 shooting was a hoax, he later admitted the massacre was real as multiple lawsuits loomed over his head.

He disobeyed court orders in the Connecticut and Texas Discovery Trials.

Failure to comply has led families in both states to obtain default judgments against him.

During the last trial, the families of the victims made a moving statement.

They told the jury how the far-fetched conspiracies surrounding the shooting had changed their lives forever.

Jones was cross-examined by plaintiffs’ attorneys but elected not to testify for his defense as planned initially.

Instead, he tried to play the part of the victim of an elaborate “Deep State” plot against him.

Jones caused explosive moments during the trial when he mangled the prosecutor’s attorney.

He accused the lawyer of “driving out ambulances” and ranted against the “liberals.”

The judge reprimanded Jones multiple times during his testimony and, at one point, warned him that he could be held in contempt if he continued to break their rules.

Alex Jones attacked the trial, likening it to a “kangaroo court” and calling the judge a tyrant.

He announced that he would appeal.


Jury decides conspiracy theorist Alex Jones should pay nearly $1 billion in damages to Sandy Hook families for his lies about the school massacre

Alex Jones’ Insensitive Conspiracy Theory Leads to Legal Trouble

School shootings are undoubtedly a tragedy, but conspiracy theorist Alex Jones did the unthinkable when he claimed the 2012 Sandy Hook shooting was a staged “hoax.”

As a result, the parents filed a libel suit against Jones.

The result forces Alex Jones to pay $ 4.1 million in damages.


Alex Jones is an alt-right conspiracy theorist who has accused the government of orchestrating the Oklahoma City bombing and the 9/11 attacks.

The most despicable theory of him, however, is that the Sandy Hook massacre was staged in 2012.

“Sandy Hook is a synthetic. Completely fake with actors, in my view. Manufactured,” he said in a 2015 edition of the radio show.

“I couldn’t believe it at first. I knew they had actors there, clearly, but I thought they killed some real kids.”

“It just shows how bold they are, that they clearly used actors.”

The trial

The recent trial marks the first time that Jone has been financially punished for his repeated lies.

Previously, the conspiracy theorist described the lawsuits and proceedings against him as “a Constitution-destroying, absolute, total, and complete travesty.”

Meanwhile, the parents who successfully sued him have described his statements as something so wrong that it is outside the constitution-protected discussions.

Scarlett Lewis and Neil Heslin, the estranged parents of six-year-old Jesse Lewis, one of 20 children killed in the massacre, have spoken out about the two-week libel trial.

The punitive damages are intended to prevent Jones from repeating his offense.

“We ask that you send a very, very simple message, and this is: Stop Alex Jones,” a lawyer for the plaintiff said in court on Friday.

“Stop the monetization of misinformation and lies. Please.”

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Lewis and Heslin said they experienced harassment and emotional distress because of the misinformation spread by Jones.

As a result, they are seeking $150 million in damages to cover costs incurred in defaming the conspiracy theorist, including the private security guards they hired during the trial for fear of being attacked by a future supporter of Jones.

Jones’ finances

Two weeks ago, an economist hired by Lewis and Heslin, Alex Jones, said his media brand Infowars and parent company Free Speech Systems were together worth $270 million.

Bernard Pettingill told the court that Jones withdrew $62 million from his contract last year due to growing legal troubles.

“That number represents, in my opinion, a value of a net worth,” said Pettingill.

“He’s got money put in a bank account somewhere.”

During the first of the two-week process, Free Speech Systems filed for bankruptcy protection.

Additionally, the lawsuit was notified that Jones’s company made $ 800,000 in one day by selling dietary supplements, armor, and survival gear.

Lewis and Heslin’s lawyers accused him of attempting to hide the evidence and claimed he committed perjury after denying sending messages about the Sandy Hook massacre.

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Early cases

Last week, a Lewis and Heslin attorney revealed that Jones’s legal representative accidentally shared two years of his phone messages.

He said the Congressional committee investigating the 2021 Capitol riots requested access to the messages while investigating his alleged role.

The libel case is the first of three against Alex Jones by the families of the Sandy Hook victims.

He has lost a number of defamation cases for failing to provide documents and testimony.

The latter case is the first in which a jury has accepted damages.

The controversial radio host made a brief appearance on Friday but was absent from the last sentencing hearing.

Jones and his platform

Although the conspiracy theorist withdrew his claims about Sandy Hook, Alex Jones continued to use his media platform to claim that the case was rigged against him.

He said the judges “don’t know which planet they are on”.

Jones’s Infowars website also featured the judge consumed by flames. His antics led to a reprimand from the judge, who told him, “This is not your show.”

Following the verdict, Jones posted a video claiming his net worth was a fraction of what was said in court, denouncing the trial as “beyond any kangaroo-rigged court ever.”


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