Jones trial: Jury awards frivolous litigants $4.1 million

Source: The Texas Tribune

“A Texas jury on Thursday ordered conspiracy theorist and media personality Alex Jones to pay $4.1 million to the parents of a Sandy Hook shooting victim who sued him for defamation after he repeatedly claimed the school shooting was a hoax. Neil Heslin and Scarlett Lewis were seeking $150 million from Jones after he told listeners of his Austin-based website and broadcast Infowars that the nation’s second deadliest school shooting — in which 20 children and six adults were killed — was faked by the government in order to take away Americans’ guns. … Thursday’s verdict was to determine compensatory [sic] damages [sic] for the family. The case will now enter a new phase to determine punitive damages [sic], which can be rewarded to punish a defendant for reckless, negligent or outrageous behavior or to deter future bad acts.” (08/04/22)