New York Daily News: By Brian Niemietz – The jury in the defamation suit against Alex Jones ordered the “Infowars” host to pay $4.1 million to the parents of a child who was killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.
A default judgment against Jones has already been handed down.
Jurors spent Thursday deliberating on the dollar amount the 48-year-old right-wing conspiracy-pusher owes to Neil Heslin and Scarlett Lewis, whose 6-year-old son Jesse Lewis died in that Newtown, Conn. slaughter. Their deliberations began around 5 p.m. Wednesday and lasted just over 24 hours.
Thursday’s decision was just for actual damages. Jurors will reconvene on Friday to decide punitive damages.
Jones had alleged on his show the killings were faked by gun control advocates for political purposes. In court Wednesday, a decade after the fact, he conceded the massacre was 100% real.
“I unintentionally took part in things that did hurt these people’s feelings,” Jones apologized on the witness stand.
Heslin testified that the “recklessness” of Jones’ broadcasts caused him “9½ years of living hell” after the death of his son. He claims to have gotten death threats from people who believed Jones’ lies.
The plaintiffs in the case were asking for $150 million in damages. The conservative talk show host’s legal team had asked that damages be limited to $8. Jones claimed a judgment of $2 million would “sink” his broadcasting business.
Jones’ attorney Andino Reynal argued the plaintiff failed to demonstrate Jones’ misinformation led to actual harm or harassment and that no one was defamed.
A lawyer representing the victim’s family revealed in court Wednesday that Jones’ attorneys had “messed up” by inadvertently sending text messages and emails from Jones’ phone that allegedly contradict parts of his testimony and give clearer insight into his worth. Judge Maya Guerra Gamble has admonished the Infowars host for being untruthful during his testimony on more than one occasion.
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Top Feature Photo: Infowars host and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones appears at Capitol Hill in Washington on Dec 11, 2018 – J Scott Applewhite/AP