United States: A conspirator ordered to pay almost a billion dollars
Far-right American conspirator Alex Jones was ordered on Wednesday to pay nearly $1 billion in compensation to the families of victims of a 2012 school shooting, the reality of which he has denied. In 2012, a man armed with a semi-automatic rifle killed 20 children and six adults in Sandy Hook.
Far-right American conspirator Alex Jones was ordered on Wednesday to pay nearly $1 billion in compensation to the families of victims of a 2012 school shooting, the reality of which he has denied. Specifically, Alex Jones had claimed that the relatives of the students killed at the Connecticut Sandy Hook school were actors. A jury in that state ruled that he should pay them and an FBI agent $965 million in damages for defamation and moral damage.
These families had filed lawsuits against Alex Jones, saying they were harassed by fans of the conspiracy because they believed the massacre never happened and that the grieving relatives played a role. In 2012, a young man armed with a semi-automatic rifle killed 20 children and six adults in Sandy Hook.
Alex Jones will appeal
The victims’ relatives, present in the courtroom, wept as the verdict was announced. Watching the hearing live on his Infowars page, Alex Jones said he plans to appeal, claiming he doesn’t even have “two million in cash.”
The owner of the Infowars site had already been convicted of paying nearly $50 million in Texas to a couple whose six-year-old son was mowed down in Sandy Hook. The conspirator finally publicly admitted the reality of the murder. But he refused to cooperate with the courts, so judges in both states sentenced him in absentia. They had let the jury decide the verdict.
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