Alex Jones is ordered to pay $45.2 MILLION in punitive damages to Sandy Hook families

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Alex Jones is ordered to wage $45.2 MILLION successful punitive damages to 1 Sandy Hook household a time aft helium was deed with $4.1million charge: Now faces 2 further defamation trials

  • Friday's verdict means that Jones volition person to wage the household of 6-year-old Jesse Lewis, who was changeable dormant successful the Sandy Hook massacre, astir $50 million
  • In closing statement, a lawyer for Lewis' household reminded the assemblage that Jones is said to beryllium worthy $270 million
  • This is the archetypal of 3 trials that Jones volition look successful narration to his claims that the 2012 schoolhouse shooting did not instrumentality place
  • The Lewis household was seeking $145 cardinal successful damages portion Jones' lawyers were asking for the fig to beryllium $270,000 

By Paul Farrell For Dailymail.Com

Published: 22:55 BST, 5 August 2022 | Updated: 23:28 BST, 5 August 2022

Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones has been ordered to wage $45.2 cardinal successful punitive damages to the household of slain 6-year-old Jesse Lewis, 1 of the 26 radical were changeable dormant successful the Sandy Hook massacre. 

That's successful summation to the $4 cardinal successful compensatory damages the InfoWars big was ordered to wage yesterday to parents Neil Heslin and Scarlett Lewis. 

In his closing statement, the lawyer for the victims' families said: 'Alex Jones is worthy astir $270 cardinal that we cognize of. Please instrumentality an magnitude that punishes him, and an magnitude that ensures helium ne'er does this again.'

This is the archetypal of 3 trials that Jones volition look successful narration to his claims that the 2012 Sandy Hook schoolhouse shooting was a hoax. Last year, helium was recovered blameworthy of defaming the families of the victims. 

Two others are acceptable for September, 1 successful Texas and 1 successful Connecticut, wherever the shooting took place. A full of 8 families volition beryllium represented successful the Connecticut trial. 

Following Thursday's verdict of $4 cardinal successful damages, Jones bizarrely invited the Lewis household to look connected his amusement 'to sermon feelings astir however the proceedings unfolded.'

Alex JONES attempts to reply questions astir his substance messages asked by Mark Bankston (not shown), lawyer for Neil Heslin and Scarlett Lewis, during proceedings astatine the Travis County Courthouse Wednesday Aug. 3, 2022

An lawyer for Jones, Federico Andino Reynal, asked jurors to instrumentality a verdict of $270,000 based connected the fig of hours Infowars devoted to Sandy Hook coverage

Jones' lawyer Federico Andino Reynal asked jurors for the good to beryllium $270,000

 'We inquire that you nonstop a very, precise elemental message, and that is: halt Alex Jones. Stop the monetization of misinformation and lies,' Wesley Todd Ball, a lawyer for the parents, told jurors earlier they began deliberations.

An lawyer for Jones, Federico Andino Reynal, asked jurors to instrumentality a verdict of $270,000 based connected the fig of hours Infowars devoted to Sandy Hook coverage.

The 12-person assemblage connected Thursday said Jones indispensable wage the parents $4.1 cardinal successful compensatory damages for spreading conspiracy theories astir the massacre. That verdict followed a two-week proceedings successful Austin, Texas, wherever Jones' vigor amusement and webcast Infowars are based.

Mark Bankston, lawyer for Neil Heslin and Scarlett Lewis, reacts portion jurors instrumentality a interruption during closing arguments

Earlier connected Friday, forensic economist Bernard Pettingill testified connected behalf of Lewis' parents that Jones 'promulgated immoderate hatred code and immoderate misinformation' and 'made a batch of money.'

Jones and Infowars are worthy betwixt $135 cardinal and $270 cardinal combined, Pettingill said.

Neil Heslin and Scarlett Lewis testified that Jones' followers harassed them for years successful the mendacious content that the parents lied astir their son's death.  

Jones sought to region himself from the conspiracy theories during his testimony, apologizing to the parents and acknowledging that Sandy Hook was '100% real.'

Jones' company, Free Speech Systems LLC, declared bankruptcy past week. Jones said during a Monday broadcast that the filing volition assistance the institution enactment connected the aerial portion it appeals.

The bankruptcy declaration paused a akin defamation suit by Sandy Hook parents successful Connecticut where, arsenic successful Texas, helium has already been recovered liable.

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