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Jury tells Alex Jones to pay $45m in additional damages in Sandy Hook judgment – live

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Conspiracy theorist hit with almost $50m damages judgment in first Sandy Hook trial

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Alex Jones declares victory in defamation trial despite losing over $4million

A second verdict has been reached in the trial of Infowars founder and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones. The jury in Austin, Texas, decided on Thursday he must pay more than $4m in compensation to the parents of six-year-old Jesse Lewis who was killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre. On Friday they ordered Jones to pay an additional $45.2m in punitive damages.

Neil Heslin and Scarlett Lewis filed a defamation suit against Jones over his claims that the school shooting, that saw 20 children and six adults killed, was a hoax.

Both gave impassioned testimony when in the witness box about how Jones’ lies — broadcast to millions — had impacted their lives and prolonged their grief.

Jones now faces another trial in Texas brought by a different victim’s parents, and another in Connecticut for the families of eight of the other victims.

It transpired during the trial that his own lawyer had mistakenly shared the entire contents of Jones’ phone with the opposition legal team who have been asked to provide it to the January 6 committee.

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Lawyer for Alex Jones could face trouble after accidental records release

Houston lawyer Federico Andino Reynal, who was left red-faced when it emerged his team had sent damning information to opposing counsel during the Texas defamation trial of Alex Jones, could also face career repercussions after the embarrassing incident.

Mr Reynal admitted last week that a digital copy of contents from the Infowars host’s phone — including texts and medical records — had been accidentally sent to the legal team for the plaintiffs. The mix-up led to a gleeful moment for opposing counsel when they used the information to catch Jones in blatant lies while under oath.

Sheila Flynn has the story.

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Jones remains defiant after court orders him to pay millions

Alex Jones returned to the airwaves almost immediately on Friday after being ordered to pay nearly $50million to grieving Sandy Hook parents – continuing to insist the decks were stacked against him as he blamed George Soros and “operatives” for his legal troubles.

That defiance was in stark contrast to the red-faced, slack-jawed shock that registered on Mr Jones’ face during the trial when it emerged his lawyers had mistakenly sent damning evidence to opposing counsel.

This week, the Infowars media mogul, estimated to be worth around $270 million by one economist witness, lost the first of several trials against him for spreading conspiracy theories and misinformation. He repeatedly insisted that the 2012 Sandy Hook school massacre in Newtown, Connecticut – when a gunman killed 20 six- and seven-year-olds at an elementary school – had been staged as a hoax.

Sheila Flynn reports.

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Watch: Plaintiffs’ attorney asks jury to award maximum amount

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Jones and company worth up to $270m, says economist

Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and his company Free Speech Systems are worth up to $270 million, an economist testified Friday to a jury trying to determine if Jones should have to pay punitive damages to the family of a 6-year-old killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings.

The same jury ordered Jones to pay Neil Heslin and Scarlett Lewis $4.1 million in compensation for defamation. Punitive damages are determined as a separate issue, and the parents want to punish Jones for a decade of pushing false hoax claims that they say led to a decade of trauma and abuse from the Infowars host’s followers.

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ICYMI: Jury orders Jones to pay additional $45.2m in punitive damages

The jury has told Alex Jones to pay an additional $45.2m in punitive damages on top of the $4.1m in compensatory damages they ordered him to pay yesterday.

Jones and his company now owe a total of $49.3m.

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Jones bizarrely calls $4.1m Sandy Hook judgment a ‘victory for truth’

After the jury reached a verdict in Alex Jones’s defamation damages trial and ordered him to pay the plaintiffs compensatory damages of $4.1m (£3.4m), the bombastic Infowars host nevertheless declared victory.

Mr Jones was taken to court by Neil Heslin and Scarlett Lewis, the parents of Sandy Hook massacre victim six-year-old Jesse Lewis, after they alleged they had endured years of torment and anguish because of his claims that the 2012 mass shooting was a hoax.

While the jury awarded a significantly smaller amount than the plaintiffs’ request for $150m (£124m), it was far more than the $8 (£6.6m) offered by Mr Jones’s attorney – one dollar for each charge against him.

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Roger Stone claims lawyer deliberately leaked Alex Jones texts

Trump ally and self-proclaimed political “dirty trickster” Roger Stone is accusing Infowars host Alex Jones’s lawyers of deliberately leaking the contents of the right-wing broadcaster’s cell phone during the recent Sandy Hook defamation trial.

On Friday, Mr Stone made a post on Telegram, highlighting how Mr Jones’s lawyer, Andino Reynal, had worked for the Obama-era Department of Justice.

“Now do you think his release of Jones’ text messages was ‘inadvertent’ or a mistake? If I were Jones I would sue this guy for the exact same amount that the jury finds against him,” Mr Stone wrote.

Josh Marcus reports:

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Voices: Alex Jones got his comeuppance at the Sandy Hook defamation trial – at last

Ryan Coogan writes:

There is little in this world more gratifying than seeing a bad man get his comeuppance. The pleasure of seeing somebody brought low after repeatedly “getting away with murder” is better for the human body and soul than vegetables and religion. But for the past few years, consequences haven’t really felt like they’ve been on the cards for a lot of prominent people. Bad men don’t really get their comeuppance anymore. They get book deals, or a TV show, or elected prime minister. Bad men get rich.

Unless your name is Alex Jones, that is, in which case bad men get humiliated over and over again in an extremely public forum, and then get taken to the cleaners by the vulnerable people they used to make a name for themselves.

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Jones ordered to pay more than $4m compensatory damages to Sandy Hook family

Right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones has been ordered to pay $4.11m (£3.38m) in compensatory damages to the family of a Sandy Hook victim.

Neil Heslin and Scarlett Lewis, whose six-year-old son Jesse was among the 20 students and six adults killed in the mass shooting, sued Jones and his media company for the claims he has made that the massacre was a “false flag” operation and that the victims did not actually exist.

Graeme Massie was following the trial for The Independent.