Jury in Alex Jones defamation case begins listening to testimony on punitive damages - Reuters

Aug 5 (Reuters) - lawyers for fogeys of a baby killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook mass shooting started presenting proof on Alex Jones’s wealth as they are looking for punitive damages on desirable of $four.1 million awarded by means of a Texas jury for the U.S. conspiracy theorist’s false claims that the bloodbath changed into a hoax.

Forensic economist Bernard Pettingill on Friday testified on behalf of the folks of slain 6-12 months-historic Jesse Lewis, who say they suffered years of harassment after Jones spread falsehoods concerning the killing of 20 little ones and 6 personnel at Sandy Hook element ary school in Newtown, Connecticut, on Dec. 14, 2012.

“He promulgated some hate speech and a few misinformation however he made some huge cash and he monetized that,” Pettingill stated, describing Jones as a “very a hit man.”

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A 12-person jury on Thursday noted Jones should pay the fogeys $four.1 million in compensatory damages for spreading conspiracy theories about the massacre. Thate verdict followed a two-week trial in Austin, Texas, the place Jones' radio show and webcast Infowars are based mostly.

Neil Heslin and Scarlett Lewis testified that Jones' followers stressed them for years in the false belief that the fogeys lied about their son's demise.

Jones sought to distance himself from the conspiracy theories all over his testimony, apologizing to the parents and acknowledging that Sandy Hook turned into "one hundred% real."

Jones' company, Free Speech methods LLC, declared chapter final week. Jones observed all through a Mond ay broadcast that the filing will help the business live on the air whereas it appeals.

The bankruptcy assertion paused an analogous defamation go well with by way of Sandy Hook folks in Connecticut where, as in Texas, he has already been found liable.

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Reporting by using Jack Queen; editing via Howard Goller and Mark Porter

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