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Texas jury rules Infowars host Alex Jones must pay parents of victim of the Sandy Hook school shooting $45.2 million in penalties. Friday decision the day after the same jury awarded the plaintiffs $4.1 million. in damages ending final phase of defamation case first led in 2018 over Jones repeated false claims the deadliest elementary school shooting in US history was a hoax.

Jones was not in court when the jury read out a unanimous verdict.

Damage phase of the trial, which ended on Friday, marks first Time Jones, an influential supplier of far right conspiracy theories, faced financial effects in court for outlandish lies he told via its information wars broadcast about shooting. Since the early days following the 2012 shooting that killed 26 people, including 20 young children said Jones on his program is not one died” at Sandy Hook and what attack was a trick, “staged” gun- supporters of control over the production of anti-gun feeling.

Alex Jones must pay Sandy Hook $4.1 million to parents jury rules

In a case filed by Neil Heslin and Scarlett Lewis, parents of 6-year- old Jesse Lewis, damage hints that Jones could face in months ahead in his additional defamation cases Sandy Hook in Texas and Connecticut.

it remains to see how a lot of of punishers do damage parents ultimately receive as Texas laws limit such awards to one claimant per twice compensatory award plus $750,000, according to Carl Tobias, a tort law expert at the university. of richmond school of Law.

This calculation means that the plaintiffs could see less than quarter of in total award determined by the jury, and that amount maybe further reduced if compensatory damages for non-economic reasons, such as emotional stress, not lost wages, Tobias said.

According to Tobias, punitive damages are supposed to hurt, so juries tend to award amounts proportionate to the defendant’s finances, despite the fact that many states are inconsistently caps on such awards.

“The theory is that the damage must be significant enough to deter a person. who did it – and other participants of society,” he said.

Jury on Heared further testimony on Jones’ finances on Friday before they began deliberations on what amount will punish Jones for his lies and keep him from committing them again.

In court on Friday, Bernard Pettingill Jr., forensic economist and former economy professor at the Florida Institute of Technology, showed that he appreciated the combined net worth of Jones and his business legal entities must be between $135 million and $270 million.

“You can’t separate Alex Jones from the companies. He is a company,” Pettingill said.

Certificate in sharp contrast with Jones public statements that he financially deprived; his defense team Originally asked by the jury award Plaintiffs $1 for every lawsuit after Jones lost millions of dollars and followers when he was thrown off social media platforms like Youtube and Spotify.

free speech systems, parent Company for information wars websitesubmitted for bankruptcy during the trial, although Pettingill and other witnesses stated that it was impossible to fully examine Jones’s finances as he failed submit documents to the court.

Jones’ refusal to comply with court rulings on documents and other evidence as a result of in District Judge Maya Guerra Gamble of Travis County, Texas, default judgment against Jones last September, which made he is responsible for all damage.

But in dramatic moment in the courtroom on Wednesday, it was revealed that the legal team unintentionally sent content of his mobile phone to a lawyer representing parents. The apparent error prompted plaintiff’s attorney Mark Bankston to accuse Jones of of lie under oath when he testified that he did not have any text messages related to the Sandy Hook massacre.

August 3 lawyer Mark Bankston accused Alex Jones. of lie after fact check with content of Jones phone. (Video: KXAN News)

During jury deliberations, Jones’ lawyers demanded a mistrial and demanded that Bankston delete the phone data they had turned over. over which the judge denied.

Jones’ lawyers said the legal battle against he attack on First amendment rights while parents are legal team claimed that his rhetoric was slanderous and undefended.

Sandy Hook’s lawyers say Alex Jones’ lawyers accidentally gave them the contents of his phone

Heslin and Lewis testified during nearly two weeks of defamation phase of The thing is, Jones is relentless false claims that they son never died, and being “crisis actors” created a “living hell”. for them.

Bye on Stand on Tuesday, Heslin said, lamenting his son also argued with death threats and insults from those who adopted Jones’ rhetoric.

Judge Maya Guerra Gamble reprimanded Infowars founder Alex Jones. for lying under oath during a defamation trial in Travis County on August 2, 2022 (Video: The Washington Post)

“I can’t even describe last nine and half years, the living hell that I and others had to endure, because of recklessness and carelessness of Alex Jones,” Heslin told jurors.

In his closing arguments on Friday, Bankston said the jury has a challenge with punishing and restraining Jones with their verdict and begged them use them vote stop Alex Jones.

“Indeed, you have ability today to prevent this man from ever doing so again: from ongoing tissue tear of our society apart for in great the monetary gain he has made so far,” Bankston said.

“Speech is free,” he said. added. “Lie, you pay for”.

Meryl Kornfield contributed to this report.

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