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Punitive damages were for Infowars hosts calling the Sandy Hook massacre a hoax.
AUSTIN, Texas — A Texas jury on Friday ordered Infowars’ Alex Jones to pay damages totaling $49.3 million to the parents of the first graders killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre. rice field. government to tighten US gun control.
This amount is less than the $150 million demanded by Neil Heslin and Scarlett Lewis. Two of his six-year-old sons, Jesse Lewis, died in the deadliest classroom shooting in U.S. history, killing 19 of his children and six of his educators.
The trial marks the first time Jones has been held financially responsible for spreading lies about the 2012 attacks in Newtown, Connecticut.
A jury initially awarded Heslin and Lewis $4.1 million in damages, which Jones called a big win. But in the final stages of the two-week trial, the same Austin jury came back, and he also sought $45.2 million in punitive damages.
Punitive damages are aimed at punishing defendants for particularly heinous acts beyond monetary compensation given to individuals they have harmed. A harsh and punitive award is a chance for jurors to send out a wider social message, as well as a way to deter others from doing the same abomination in the future.
Lawyers for the family have asked the jury to award financial penalties that would put Infowars out of business.
Wesley Ball, the parents’ attorney, told the jury, “You have the ability to make sure this man doesn’t do that again.
It’s unclear how much money Jones and Infowars’ parent company Free Speech Systems have.
An economist hired by the plaintiff testified that Jones and the company were worth up to $270 million, suggesting that Jones was still profitable.
However, Jones testified that a prize of over $2 million would “sink us.” Free Speech Systems also filed for bankruptcy protection in the first week of trial.
Jones faces two other defamation lawsuits from Sandy Hook families in Texas and Connecticut.
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