Alex Jones trial – latest: Jury orders Infowars host to pay $45.2m in punitive damages on top of $4m compensation to Sandy Hook parents

Alex Jones declares victory in defamation trial despite losing over $4million

A second verdict has been reached in the trial of Infowars founder and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones. The jury in Austin, Texas, decided on Thursday he must pay more than $4m in compensation to the parents of six-year-old Jesse Lewis who was killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre. On Friday they ordered Jones to pay an additional $45.2m in punitive damages.

Neil Heslin and Scarlett Lewis filed a defamation suit against Jones over his claims that the school shooting, that saw 20 children and six adults killed, was a hoax.

Both gave impassioned testimony when in the witness box about how Jones’ lies — broadcast to millions — had impacted their lives and prolonged their grief.

Jones now faces another trial in Texas brought by a different victim’s parents, and another in Connecticut for the families of eight of the other victims.

It transpired during the trial that his own lawyer had mistakenly shared the entire contents of Jones’ phone with the opposition legal team who have been asked to provide it to the January 6 committee.


Jones loses pray for a mistrial and return of texts

Alex Jones launched a failed bid to destroy text messages mistakenly sent to the lawyers of Sandy Hook families as a jury deliberates on damages owed by the Infowars host for defamation.

Mr Jones’ attorney Andino Reynal filed for an emergency motion for protection on Thursday morning and also requested a mistrial over the texts he sent in error as part of discovery.


Watch: Alex Jones bizarrely declares ‘victory’ after being ordered to pay $4m in damages

Sandy Hook: Alex Jones bizarrely declares ‘victory’ after being ordered to pay $4m in damages


Alex Jones pleads for ‘prayers’ on Infowars

Alex Jones pleaded for the prayers of his Infowars audience as he lashed out at his “damn” lawyers for mistakenly handing over a copy of his cellphone data.


Jan 6 panel asks for Alex Jones’ texts

An attorney representing two parents who sued conspiracy theorist Alex Jones about his false claims about the Sandy Hook massacre says the US House January 6 committee has requested two years’ worth of records from Jones’ phone.

Attorney Mark Bankston said in court Thursday that the committee investigating the attack on the US Capitol has requested the digital records.


ICYMI: Jury orders Jones to pay additional $45.2m in punitive damages

The jury has told Alex Jones to pay an additional $45.2m in punitive damages on top of the $4.1m in compensatory damages they ordered him to pay yesterday.

Jones and his company now owe a total of $49.3m.


Voices: Alex Jones is getting where it hurts: his wallet. And that might finally change America

We have been appealing to the common decade of far-right provocateurs for a long time. But now Jones has lost his final court battle and a big chunk of his money, those people might actually start listening.


ICYMI: Alex Jones’ attorney mistakenly sent two years of his text messages to opposing counsel

Alex Jones’ attorney accidentally sent two years of his text messages to the lawyer representing the parents of a child killed in the Sandy Hook school shooting, a court has been told.

Mark Bankston, who representing Neil Heslin and Scarlett Lewis in their ongoing defamation trial against Jones, made the stunning claim during cross-examination of the Infowars founder on Wednesday.


Alex Jones claims created ‘living hell’ for Sandy Hook parents

The parents of a 6-year-old killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting described being put through a “living hell” of death threats, harassment and ongoing trauma over the past decade as they confronted conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, who has used his media platforms to push claims that it was all a hoax.


Jones ‘cowardly’ for missing court, Sandy Hook dad says

The father of a 6-year-old killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting said Tuesday that it was “cowardly” of Alex Jones to skip hearing his testimony in person about how Jones’ claims that the massacre was a hoax deeply affected his family .


Jones trial shown video of Infowars host belittling jury and accusing judge of ‘rigging’ case

The Alex Jones defamation trial was shown a video of the Infowars host belittling the jury in his case and the judge being accused of “rigging” the proceedings.

The lawyer for the parents of a child killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre played the video, which saw Mr Jones say that the jury consisted of people who “don’t know what planet they’re on”.

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