Alex Jones ordered to pay $965 million in damages to families of 8 Sandy Hook victims, FBI agent
On Wednesday, a Connecticut civil jury ordered Alex Jones to pay $ 965 million to the families of children killed in the Sandy Hook massacre, and an FBI agent replied, as many times claimed a second multi-million dollar award to the founder of InfoWars. The 2012 massacre was a hoax.
The jury began its deliberations on Thursday afternoon and Tuesday. Jones was found liable for the damages last year; The jury’s job was to determine how much Jones and his company, Free Speech Systems, would have to pay relatives of the victims and an FBI agent.
Plaintiffs testified to the suffering and persecution of those who believed that one of the deadliest school shootings in American history was carried out in support of gun laws, a theory that Jones repeatedly cited “InfoWars” to. He had pedaled.
In August, a Texas jury ordered Jones to pay $ 4.1 million in damages and $ 45.2 million in punitive damages to the family of 18, 6-year-old Sandy Hook victim Jesse Lewis. Plaintiffs Neil Heslin and Scarlett Lewis, their parents, Told Jones’s claims made his life a “living hell”. Jones agreed that the shooting was “100% real”.
It was during the Texas injury lawsuit that the entire contents of Jones’s phone were sent to the plaintiffs’ attorneys, possibly by mistake. This caught the attention of the Jan.6 committee, which wanted to sue Jones’s text messages and emails for his investigation into the Capitol riots. The committee had already called Jones on November 21 and is investigating his media support for the January 6 riots and his ties to Oath Keepers militia leader Stewart Rhodes.
The jury ordered Jones to pay plaintiff Robbie Parker, father of 6-year-old Emily Parker, $ 120 million, $ 55 million to David Wheeler and Francine Wheeler, parents of 6-year-old Benjamin Wheeler, $ 54 million, Mark Barden $ 57.6 million. sentenced to pay. $ 28.8 million to Jackie Barden, parents of Daniel Barden, 7, and $ 73.6 million to Nicole Hockley, and $ 81.6 million to Ian Hockley, parents of Dylan Hockley, 6.
If the $ 965 million award were to be challenged and subject to the judges’ discretion, it could result in one of the largest civil lawsuits in American history. It won’t come anywhere near the $ 206 billion that America’s four largest tobacco companies agreed to pay in a 1998 deal, and it continues to eclipse BP’s $ 20 billion Deepwater Horizon oil spill deal. in 2010. In 2011, a Texas jury awarded the family of a man badly burned as a child $ 150 billion, although the award was largely symbolic, as the family knew it had never been raised. What will happen.
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