It transpired during trial that his own lawyer mistakenly shared entire contents of Jones’ phone with opposition legal team
Father of Sandy Hook victim testifies at Alex Jones trial
The second trial is in Waterbury, Connecticut, for the families of eight other victims.
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.
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 komité.
Recap: Jones ordered to pay additional $45.2m in punitive damages to family of Sandy Hook victim
The right-wing conspiracy theorist was not in court as the jury in Travis County, Texas, returned its unanimous verdict against him late on Friday afternoon.
The verdict comes just one day after the right-wing media figure was ordered to pay $4.11m in compensatory damages
Alex Jones faces two more defamation lawsuits
The second is trial is to decide damages in a different case in Waterbury, Connecticut, after he was found liable by default judgment for defaming families of several Sandy Hook victims with falsehoods about the shooting that killed 20 children and six staff in Newtown, Connecticut.
Jones had called the shooting a hoax by the US government, staged using crisis actors to serve as a pretext for taking away Americans’ guns. He has since acknowledged that the massacre was real.
The Connecticut trial, which had been set to begin in September, was put on hold after Jones‘ selskap, Free Speech Systems LLC, declared bankruptcy last week.
Jones said during a Monday broadcast of his Infowars program that the filing will help the company stay on the air while it appeals.
Why Jones is being sued by the Sandy Hook victims’ families
Hours after 26 people were shot and killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012, Alex Jones began spouting false claims that the massacre wasn’t real.
Mer enn 10 År senere, the far-right conspiracy theorist’s inflammatory comments have continued to haunt him as families of the shooting victims – 20 of which were young children – hold him accountable in court.
Following multiple attempts from the Infowars host to delay and derail justice, his time is finally up.
Far-right conspiracy theorist claimed that the mass shooting that killed 26 young children and staff at a Connecticut school never happened