Alex Jones listens as plaintiffs’ lawyers reveals he has Jones’ e-mails denying the mass killing at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012
UPDATE, AUGUST 6:
The jury in Texas has ordered conspiracy theorist Alex Jones on Friday to pay $45.2 million in punitive damages to the parents of 6-year-old Jesse Lewis, killed in the 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
Friday’s award is on top of $4.1 million compensatory damages on Thursday.
UPDATE, AUGUST 5:
On Thursday, a jury in Texas awarded Scarlett Lewis and Neil Heslin — the parents of 6-year-old Jesse Lewis, who was among the 26 victims of the December 2012 mass killing at Sandy Hook Elementary School — $4.1 million in compensatory damages against conspiracy theorist Alex Jones.
Another trial will be held to discuss punitive damages, and Jones faces another lawsuit brought by a group of Sandy Hook parents.
I discussed the latest developments on Friday with BBC Radio Foyle and BBC Radio Scotland.
ORIGINAL ENTRY, AUGUST 4: I joined Monocle 24’s Markus Hippi on Friday to analyze the trial of disinformation warrior and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, assessing the damages that he will have to pay for his false claims about the December 2012 mass killing at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.
I explain the multiple cases against Jones, with the first seeking $150 million for his defamation of the 26 victims and their families. But I add that while he may finally be accountable over Sandy Hook, his poisonous legacy is now virulent in US society and politics.
This hasn’t removed the poison from the system, even if the poisoner is in the defendant’s seat.
When there are tragic events, horrific events, events that take 1000s, 10,000s of lives, people will grab for explanations to avoid reality.
Alex Jones exploited that.