One day after ruling that the Infowars host must pay the parents of a Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting victim $4.1 million in compensatory damages for defamation and the suffering brought on by his claims that the 2012 massacre was “a hoax,” a Texas jury on Friday (August 5) ordered Alex Jones to pay an additional $45.2 million in punitive damages.
An attorney for Scarlett Lewis and Neil Heslin, whose 6-year-old son, Jesse, was murdered in the attack, urged the jury to award the family another $149.5 million in order to reach the $150 million goal they had requested so that it would be enough to “take the bullhorn away” from Jones forever.
“I ask that with your verdict, you not only take Alex Jones’ platform that he talks about away. I ask that you make sure that he can’t rebuild the platform. That’s what matters,” Wesley Ball, the attorney, said. “That is punishment, that is deterrence.”
During procedures that took place in court on Wednesday (August 3), the attorneys representing Alex Jones appear to have accidentally sent the complete contents of his phone to the lawyers representing the Sandy Hook families.
Of course, Twitter had a lot to say about it.
The Infowars host, who faces two more damages trials brought by the families of victims related to his allegations that the Sandy Hook shooting was staged in some way, admitted in his testimony this week that the shooting was actually “100% real” but then called the trial a “kangaroo court.”
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