Who is Alex Jones’s sandy hook? How he was Fined over $1 billion?
Who is Alex Jones’s sandy hook? Wednesday, a jury sentenced conspiracy theorist Alex Jones to pay almost $1 billion to families of Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting victims and an FBI agent, who said he caused them years of suffering by pushing the falsehood that the massacre was a fabrication.
The $965 million ruling is the second significant judgment against the Infowars host for propagating the falsehood that the bloodiest school massacre in U.S. history never occurred and that the mourning relatives shown in news coverage were actors hired as part of a scheme to take away people’s weapons.
A look at the worst school shootings in the United StatesSeveral of the relatives of the 26 victims murdered in the 2012 massacre, as well as an FBI agent who was among the first responders, filed a slander complaint. A Texas jury awarded almost $50 million to the parents of another murdered kid in August. Robbie Parker, who lost his 6-year-old daughter Emilie, said outside the Connecticut court that he was glad that “all we did was speak the truth.”
Jones responds to judgment.
Mr. Jones was not in court, but he spoke on his Infowars program Mr. Jones said that he had never revealed the plaintiffs’ names. At the same time, courtroom footage saw the jury awards being read out. Attorney Chris Mattei addresses the media surrounded by family who lost loved ones in the Sandy Hook Elementary School Massacre after the jury granted them $965 million in damages in a second defamation trial against Alex Jones over Sandy Hook allegations in Waterbury, Connecticut, United States.
Attorney Chris Mattei addresses the media surrounded by family who lost loved ones in the Sandy Hook Elementary School Massacre after the jury granted them $965 million in damages in a second defamation trial against Alex Jones over Sandy Hook allegations Waterbury, Connecticut, United States.
Conspiracy theorists posed a danger.
Mark Barden claimed that conspiracy theorists urinated on the grave of his 7-year-old son, Daniel, and threatened to unearth the casket; he and his wife awarded around $86 million. William Goldenberg, a now-retired FBI agent granted $90 million, recalled the tragedy he saw at the school when he and other law enforcement personnel reacted and his fury at internet assertions that he was an actor.
Erica Lafferty, the daughter of killed Sandy Hook principal Dawn Hochsprung, testified that her home received rape threats. Ms. Lafferty said outside of court, “I hope that after today I could simply be a daughter mourning her mother without worrying about conspiracy theories.” She predicted, though, that Mr. Jones’ “hatred, falsehoods, and conspiracy theories would continue to plague my family and me for the rest of our lives.”
Jones acknowledges error
Mr. Jones recognized his error about Sandy Hook throughout his testimony at trial. He said that the shooting was genuine. In contrast, he was belligerent in court and on his program.
He referred to the proceedings as a “kangaroo court,” made fun of the judge, referred to the plaintiff’s attorney as an “ambulance chaser,” and characterized the case as an assault on the right to free expression. The trial occurred at a courtroom in Waterbury, about 20 miles (32 kilometers from Newtown, where the assault occurred.
Mr. Jones and Free Speech Systems, the parent business of Infowars, were accused in the complaint of leveraging the mass massacre to expand his following and generate millions of dollars.
Due to the fact that he had previously been held responsible, Mr. Jones was prohibited from discussing free speech rights and other matters during his testimony.
Mr. Jones is now facing a third trial in Texas for a case brought by the parents of an additional child murdered in the incident.
Uncertain as to how much of the judgment Jones can pay. At the Texas trial, he testified that he could not bear any judgment above $2 million, and his attorneys intend to appeal and attempt to lessen the damages. Free Speech Systems has petitioned for bankruptcy.
In contrast, an economist testified in the Texas trial that Jones and his firm were worth up to $270 million.