Jury makes a costly decision in the Alex Jones case

The jury has just made its decision in the Alex Jones case.

Fox News reports that Jones must now pay $4.1 million in damages to the family of a boy killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. 

But, when all is said and done, Jones might end up paying a lot more.

Background

This all stems from Jones’ repeated claims that the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, which in 2012 left 20 children and six teachers dead, was a hoax and that the parents are crisis actors. Jones further said that the purpose of the hoax was to undermine the gun industry.

It was in response to this that Jones was hit with defamation lawsuits from the parents of those killed in the shooting. This particular case was brought by Neil Heslin and Scarlett Lewis, the parents of 6-year-old Jesse Lewis, a boy killed in the shooting.

This is just one of several cases, though, meaning that this case will not be the end of the matter for Jones.

The trial

During the trial, Jones actually admitted that the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting was “100% real.” He also admitted that he should not have claimed that it was a hoax, and he apologized for doing so.

For Heslin and Lewis, however, the apology was insufficient.

During the trial, they detailed the pain and the trauma that they have experienced since losing their son. They also testified that, as a result of Jones’ claim that the shooting was a hoax, they have been harassed and have received death threats.

The jury’s verdict

Heslin and Lewis were seeking upwards of $150 million in damages. Jones countered with $8. He claims to be bankrupt, although this remains unclear.

So far, the jury has awarded Heslin and Lewis $4.1 million in compensatory damages. This is the first time that Jones has been held financially liable for his claim that the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting was a hoax. And, it is looking like it won’t be the last.

The jury still has to decide whether or not to award Heslin and Lewis punitive damages. And, on top of this, there are the other defamation lawsuits that Jones is facing.

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