A jury in Austin, Texas, put a price on the defamatory behavior of Infowars founder and host Alex Jones: more than $49 million in damages awarded to the parents of Jesse Lewis, 6, who was among the 20 first graders and six educators killed in the shootings in 2012 at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.
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The damages, delivered by the jury Friday, were less than the $150 million sought by parents Neil Heslin and Scarlett Lewis, who testified that the conspiracy theorist’s false claims that the school massacre was a hoax made their lives a “living hell” of death threats, online abuse and other trauma from Jones and his followers. Texas law could reduce the damages further.
Jones faces two additional defamation trials involving Sandy Hook families that could lead to additional damages awarded by juries.
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