Las mentiras le costarán $45.2 million and Alex Jones

Austin, Texas- A Texas jury yesterday ordered conspiracy theorist Alex Jones to pay $45.2 million in punitive damages to the fathers of a child who died in the massacre at the Sandy Hook primary school. por el sufrimiento que les hizo pasar al affirm durante años que el roteo escolar más mortífero de la nación fue un engaño.

The total, 49.3 million dollars, is inferior to the 150 million dollars sought by Neil Heslin and Scarlett Lewis, whose 6-year-old son, Jesse Lewis, was among the 20 most destitute women in history. of the United States.

But the trial marks the first time that Jones is financially responsible for spreading lies about the 2012 attack in Newtown, Connecticut.

After the verdict, Lewis said that Jones, who was not in the tribunal room to listen to the verdict, gave his account. Dijo que cuando subió al estrado y miró a Jones a los ojos, pensó en su hijo, a quien se le atribute haber vidas al tiar “corre” cuando el asesino hizo una pausa en su alboroto.

“Se enfrantó al matón Adam Lanza y salvó la vida de nueve de sus compañeros de clase”, said Lewis. “Espero haber hecho justicia a ese coraje increíble cuando pude enfrentar a Alex Jones, quien también es un matón. Espero que eso inspire a otras personas a hacer lo mismo”.

Los demandantes could tardar un tiempo en cobra algo. Immediately after the verdict, the principal lawyer of Jones, Andino Reynal, told the judge that he would appeal and ask the tribunals to reduce the size of the verdict.

Después de la audiencia, Reynal said he believed the punitive amount would be reduced to just $1.5 million.

“Creemos que el verdicto fue demasiado alto. … Alex Jones estará al aire hoy, estará al aire mañana, estará al aire la próxima semana. Va a seguir haciendo su trabajo haciendo que la estructura de poder rinda cuentas”.

Las empresas y la riqueza personal de Jones could also be divided by other demands and bankruptcy. Another defamation lawsuit against Jones by the Sandy Hook family is scheduled to begin pre-trial hearings in the same court in Austin on September 14.

The plaintiffs’ attorney, Mark Bankston, said he believes he can challenge any attempt to reduce damages.

But he said that even if the adjudication is reduced drastically, it is equally important to bring the grand verdict to the bankruptcy court so that the family claims against the patrimony and the company of Jones.

A principios de esta semana, Jones testificó que cualquier premio de más de $2 millionos “nos hundiría”. His company Free Speech Systems, which is the parent company of Infowars with headquarters in Austin, declared bankruptcy during the first week of the trial.

Los daños punitivos están destinando a castigar a los acusados ​​​​por una conductmente atroz, más allá de la compensación monetaria otorgada a las personas a las que lstimaron. Un premio punitivo alto también se ve como una oportunidade para que los members del jurado envíen un mensaje social más amplio y una forma de disuadir a otros de la simsa conducta makruha en el futuro.

Barry Covert, an attorney for the First Amendment in Buffalo, New York, in connection with the case of Jones, said that the high punitive amount on Fridays added to the compensatory amount on Thursdays is equivalent to “una lost impressive paranes”.

“With 50 million dollars in total, the jury has sent an enormous and strong message that this behavior will not be tolerated”, said Covert. “Todos los que tienen un programa como este y dicen mentiras a sabiendas, los jurados no lo tolerarán”.

Los futuros jurados en otros juicios pendientes de Sandy Hook could see los montos de los damages en este caso como un pointo de referencia, dijo Covert. Y si otros jurados lo hacen, dijo Covert, “muy bien podría dejar a Jones fuera del negocio”.

Los abogados de la familia had instado a los members del jurado to dictate a financial punishment that would compel Inforwars to close.

“Usted tiene la capacidad de evitar que este hombre lo vuelva hacer”, dijo al jurado el viernes Wesley Ball, abogado de los padres. “Envíe el mensaje a aqueellos que deseen hacer lo mismo: la expresión es gratis. Las mentiras se pagan”.

An economist testified on Friday that Jones and the company were worth up to $270 million.

Bernard Pettingill, who was hired by the plaintiffs to study the net worth of Jones, said that the records show that Jones withdrew $62 million for himself in 2021, when judgments were issued against the lawsuit.

“This number represents, in my opinion, the value of un patrimonio neto”, said Pettingill. Tiene dinero depositado en una cuenta bancaria en alguna parte.

The money that flowed to Jones’ companies eventually reached him, said Pettingill, who added that he has testified in approximately 1,500 cases during his career.

But Jones’ lawyers said that their client had already learned the lesson. They pleaded clemency, arguing a punitive amount of less than 300,000 dollars.

“Ya enviaste un mensaje. A message for the first time to a presenter of an interview program, to all the presenters of interview programs, de que su standard de atencio tiene que cambiar”, said Reynal.

Jones still faces two other lawsuits for defamation of the families of Sandy Hook in Texas and Connecticut that put his personal wealth and media empire at risk.

Friday’s figure received praise from the union of the American Teachers’ Federation, which represented the teachers at Sandy Hook.

“Nothing will solve the pain of losing a son or denying this tragedy for political reasons. But I’m glad that the parents of Sandy Hook have gotten some justice,” said AFT President Randi Weingarten in a tweet. .

The lawyers of the families of Sandy Hook who are suing Jones claim that he has tried to hide evidence of his true wealth in several fictitious companies.

During his testimony, Jones was confronted with a memorandum from one of his commercial managers that described the gross income of a single day of $800,000 for the sale of vitamin supplements and other products located by his managers in travésénéque, $3. in a year. Jones called it a sales record day.

Jones, who described the demand as an attack on his rights under the First Amendment, admitted during the trial that the attack was “100% real” and that he was mistaken in having lied about it. But Heslin and Lewis told the jury that an apology would not be sufficient and asked them to pay Jones for the years of suffering he had caused them and other families from Sandy Hook.

Los padres contaron al jurado cómo habien suportado una deca de trauma, infligido primero por el asesinato de su hijo y lo que siguió: disparos de armas fuego en una casa, amenazas telefónicas y en laíeñecopora, extra líeñecoporate . Dijeron que las amenazas y el coso fueron impulsados ​​​​por Jones y su teoría de la conspiración se extendió a sus seguidores a través de Infowars.

A forensic psychiatrist testified that the fathers suffer from “complex post-traumatic stress disorder” inflicted by continuous trauma, similar to what a soldier in war or a victim of infantile abuse might experience.

Alo largo del juicio, Jones se ha mostrotra typicale rimombante, hablando de conspiraciones en el estrado de los testigos, durante conferencias de prensa improvizadas y en su programa.

His behavior errático es unusual para los standards de la sala del tribunal, y el juez lo regañó y le dijo en un momento: “Este no es su programa”.

El juicio also called attention from outside Austin.

Bankston told the court on Thursday that the committee of the House of Representatives of the United States that investigated the insurrection of January 6, 2021 in the Capitol of the United States requested the records of the telephone calls of Jobénes by mistake to the plaintiffs. . Bankston dijo más tarde que planaba cumplir con la request del comité.

Last month, the committee of the 6th of January showed graphic and violent text messages and reproduced videos of right-wing figures, including Jones, and others who promised that the 6th of January would be the day they would fight for.

The committee cited Jones for the first time in November, demanding a statement and documents related to his efforts to spread erroneous information about the 2020 elections and a meeting on the day of the delataque.