Alex Jones should pay the Sandy Hook family nearly $1 billion over allegations of fraud, jury says

October 12 (Reuters) – Right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones should pay at least $965 million in damages to the families of victims of the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre, a Connecticut jury said Wednesday. The verdict reached after three weeks of testimony in state court in Waterbury, Connecticut, far surpassed the $49 million that a Texas jury ordered Jones to pay in August in a similar case brought by two other Sandy Hook parents. . The Connecticut judgment applies to both Jones and his company, Free Speech Systems LLC, owner of Jones’ Infowars website. The FSS filed for bankruptcy in July. Register Now Register for Unlimited Access to Reuters.com Registration The plaintiffs of the Connecticut case included 20 child relatives and six school staff who were shot and killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December 2012. Jones argued. For years, the massacre was part of a government plan to take guns from Americans. The jury said the plaintiffs should also pay attorneys’ fees. This will be decided in November. During a live broadcast of the judgment being read, Jones vowed to appeal and said the company’s ongoing bankruptcy would protect Infoworth in the meantime. “We are fighting Goliath,” he said. Jones’ attorney did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Outside the courthouse, attorney Christopher Mattei said the verdict was “for Alex Jones, his lies and their poison spread, and for the truth and for our common humanity.” Among the plaintiffs of the case, we expressed our gratitude for the verdict of the jury. “Everyone who took the stand told the truth,” Parker said. A person who claims to be what he does. But he was standing right here and lying while the truth was being told in court.” Jones was found liable after a default last year. By a court order. He said that he had lied and made money over the years, which resulted in increased traffic to the Infowars website and increased sales of various products. Infowars’ finances were not disclosed, but trial testimony revealed that the site was An economist in the Texas case estimated Jones’ personal worth between $135 million and $270 million, according to plaintiff’s attorney Brian Kabateck, who was not involved in the case. If the company is found to have knowingly caused damage, then Jones’ assets are: Appeared in the Sandy Hook defamation trial in the Connecticut Superior Court in Waterbury, Connecticut, USA on October 4, 2022. REUTERS/Mike Segar/ File PhotoRead more “The basic behavior was horrendous, and it’s the kind of thing that can get you beyond that. Kabateck told Reuters. Jones hasn’t personally filed for bankruptcy, but the same principles apply if he does,” Kabateck said. Mattei told the jury: Jones’ lawyers rebutted in their final pleadings that plaintiffs showed little quantifiable evidence of loss, and lawyer Norman Pattis told the jury that they could ignore the political undercurrent of the case. “This is not a political case,” Pattis said. It’s about how much you’re going to reward the plaintiffs.” One expert not involved in the case said, “The serious verdict sent a clear message from the jury that it was ‘disgusting’. His disobedience has now caught up with him.” Mirrell said of Jones. The trial fills galleries every day and takes turns in the anguish of the family as they talk about how Jones’ lies about Sandy Hook amplified their discontent. The shooting was also the plaintiff of the case, and Jones, who later admitted that the shooting took place, was tested, accusing “liberal” critics and refusing to apologize to his family, which briefly disrupted the trial. A jury found Jones and his company said they should pay Sandy Hook parents $49.3 million in a similar case in Austin, Texas, home to the headquarters of Jones’s Infowars conspiracy theories website, Jones’ lawyers hope to invalidate most of the payment The Texas case is pre-approved by a judge and is said to be excessive under state law. Connecticut has no cap on damages, but Jones can appeal the verdict on other legal grounds. He said he would go to all courts, “because that’s what justice demands, as long as it takes time.” FREE, unrestricted access to Reuters.com Register now.Registration Jack Queen of New York, Tom Hals of Wilmington, Delaware, Washington Edited by Jacqueline Thomsen by Noeleen Walder, Mark Porter and Matthew LewisOur Criterion: Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.Jacqueline ThomsenThomson Reuters Washington, DC-based Jacqueline Thomsen covers policy, court and legal legal news.Professions.Twitter @jacq_thom Follow sen and email us at jacqueline.thomsen@thomsonreuters.com.
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