Alex Jones to Pay Almost $1 Billion to Families of Sandy Hook Victims
(Daily360.com) – On December 14, 2012, Adam Lanza killed his own mother then drove to Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, and murdered 26 people before taking his own life. All but six of the victims at the school were first graders. In the aftermath, Alex Jones called the incident a hoax on his show “Infowars,” igniting a belief the massacre was a governmentally staged event bent on depriving Americans of the right to bear arms.
On October 12, a jury ordered Jones to pay the families of eight of the victims $965 million for defamation and intentionally inflicting emotional distress. The host’s words caused conspiracy believers to harass the victims’ loved ones, extending and exasperating their unimaginable grief.
The verdict is in: InfoWars’ Alex Jones owes the families of Sandy Hook victims about $1 billion for defamation.
Here are the full eight minutes of the verdict. pic.twitter.com/0z6xaMRDY0
— The Recount (@therecount) October 12, 2022
Jones immediately responded to the damages awarded by saying he filed for bankruptcy, making it impossible to pay the court-ordered amount. He called on his listeners to buy his merch and send him money to help pay his legal fees while making it clear none of that cash would go toward his victims. He plans to appeal the verdict.
However, the families received punitive damages, which can’t be erased by declaring bankruptcy.
Do you think the dollar amount decided by the jury was warranted, and do you believe Jones will eventually pay up?
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