Alex Jones trial – live: Infowars host calls $4m judgment ‘victory’ as more damages loom

Alex Jones declares victory in defamation trial despite losing over $4million

A verdict has been reached in the trial of Infowars founder and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones. A jury in Austin, Texas, says he must pay more than $4m in compensation to the parents of six-year-old Jesse Lewis who was killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre.

Neil Heslin and Scarlett Lewis filed a defamation suit against Jones over his claims that the school shooting, that saw 20 children and six adults killed, was a hoax.

Both gave impassioned testimony when in the witness box about how Jones’ lies — broadcast to millions — had impacted their lives and prolonged their grief. Ms Lewis able to confront Jones and look him straight in the eye when speaking about her son.

The suit was filed for a total of $150m with eight separate charges. On Friday the jury will return to consider evidence relating to whether punitive damages should also be assigned to Jones, which could bring the total award much higher.

Jones faces another trial in Texas brought by another family, and another in Connecticut for the families of eight of the victims. It also transpired during the trial that his own lawyer had mistakenly shared the entire contents of Jones’ phone with the opposition legal team who have been asked to provide it to the January 6 committee.

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While Jones may not be testifying today, he is in court.

Judge Maya Guerra Gamble has entered the courtroom and the jury is being brought in.

Today they will hear from Bernard Pettingill, a forensic economist hired by the plaintiffs, to testify as an expert about Jones’ net worth.

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There is some confusion over the punitive damages cap.

It apparently stands at $750,000 but the jury is not informed of this and so could send a message with a huge award that is then limited by the cap.

Unclear if this is a total cap or per count against Jones.

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What about the punitive damages?

The jury returns on Friday morning to consider the punitive damages portion of the verdict.

Attorneys for the plaintiffs will call one witness, but Alex Jones will not be returning to the stand.

The jury will then decide punitive damages in addition to today’s $4,110,000 award for actual damages.

There is a cap on what punitive damages can be but it is deemed as a reasonable multiplier, perhaps as high as ten times the compensatory damages. Reporting late on Thursday said it had been capped at double the earlier award.

Here’s Attorney Mark Bankston explaining:

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ICYMI: Jones’ attorney mistakenly sent two years of his text messages to Sandy Hook family’s lawyer

Alex Jonesattorney accidentally sent two years of his text messages to the lawyer representing the parents of a child killed in the Sandy Hook school shooting, a court has been told.

Mark Bankston, who representing Neil Heslin and Scarlett Lewis in their ongoing defamation trial against Jones, made the stunning claim during cross-examination of the Infowars founder on Wednesday.

Bevan Hurley reports:

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Watch: Lawyer tells Alex Jones to ‘shut his mouth’ at Sandy Hook lawsuit

Lawyer tells Alex Jones to ‘shut his mouth’ at Sandy Hook lawsuit

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Jones ordered to pay more than $4m compensatory damages

Right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones has been ordered to pay $4.11m in compensatory damages to the family of a Sandy Hook victim.

Neil Heslin and Scarlett Lewis, whose six-year-old son Jesse was among the 20 students and six adults killed in the mass shooting, sued Jones and his media company for the claims he has made that the massacre was a “false flag” operation and that the victims did not actually exist.

They had asked for $150m in compensatory damages and another trial to determine punitive damages is now expected to take place on Friday.

Graeme Massie explains what happened in court on Thursday.

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Alex Jones pleads for ‘prayers’ on Infowars as his texts set to be handed over to Jan 6 committee

Alex Jones pleaded for the prayers of his Infowars audience as he lashed out at his “damn” lawyers for mistakenly handing over a copy of his cellphone data.

The right-wing conspiracy theorist was left stunned as the lawyers for a Sandy Hook family suing him for $150m revealed his own legal team had accidentally sent them the copy during trial earlier this week.

Now, it appears that the January 6 committee will be getting a copy of his text messages and emails as well.

Read the full story here:

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Trial shown video of Infowars host belittling jury and accusing judge of ‘rigging’ case

The Alex Jones defamation trial was shown a video of the Infowars host belittling the jury in his case and the judge being accused of “rigging” the proceedings.

The lawyer for the parents of a child killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre played the video, which saw Mr Jones say that the jury consisted of people who “don’t know what planet they’re on”.

Graeme Massie reports:

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Alex Jones ordered to pay more than $4m compensatory damages to Sandy Hook family

Right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones has been ordered to pay $4.11m (£3.38m) in compensatory damages to the family of a Sandy Hook victim.

Neil Heslin and Scarlett Lewis, whose six-year-old son Jesse was among the 20 students and six adults killed in the mass shooting, sued Jones and his media company for the claims he has made that the massacre was a “false flag” operation and that the victims did not actually exist.

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