Highlights from Alex Jones’ defamation trial
The jury in Alex Jones’ second defamation trial for his lies about the Sandy Hook massacre will resume deliberations Tuesday morning.
Jurors have so far spent about seven hours weighing how much the Infowars host owes in damages to 15 plaintiffs — including loved ones of victims killed in the 2012 shooting and a former FBI agent who responded to the scene.
In closing arguments last week, lawyers for the plaintiffs urged jurors to take into account the huge profits Jones had made from spreading conspiracy theories about the mass killing when determining how much he should pay.
“Every single one of these families was drowning in grief and Alex Jones put his foot right on top of them,” said attorney Christopher Mattei.
It proposed at least $550 million in damages, as Jones and Infowars had received about 550 million views of their Sandy Hook content on social media accounts from 2012 to 2018.
Meanwhile, Jones’ lawyer, Norm Pattis, asked jurors to return a more measured verdict to help restore his client’s faith in “the system.”
Alex Jones ‘unleashed hell’ on election officials
In a new interview with Texas MonthlyTexas Secretary of State John Scott spoke about the toll Alex Jones’ lies about stealing the 2020 election have taken on officials.
Conspiracy theories about voting machines, cyber security and ineligible voters had led to death threats against half the state’s poll workers, Mr Scott said.
“The Infowars guy has unleashed hell on our election people. This has been going on for many years,” Mr Scott told the publication.
“And I don’t want to give a free pass to people who are crazy enough to go out there and say they’re going to kill someone for doing their job. I don’t want to give them an excuse.”
Mr. Jones used the Infowars platform to spread wild, baseless lies about the election and roused the crowd at the January 6 riot at the US Capitol.
Bevan Harley11 October 2022 15:37
The jury continues its deliberations
The judge and jury entered the courtroom in Connecticut a while ago.
After receiving some instructions from Judge Barbara Bellis, the six-judge panel continued its deliberations.
We’ll bring you any updates as they happen.
Bevan HarleyOctober 11, 2022 14:57
ICYMI: Alex Jones says he’s ‘done apologizing’
A Connecticut courtroom descended into chaos on Sept. 23 as the far-right conspiracy theorist took the stand in his defamation case and refused to acknowledge any responsibility for inflicting a decade of harassment on victims’ families.
“I’ve already said I’m sorry hundreds of times. And I’m done saying sorry,” she shouted in the courtroom.
Mr Jones – who spent much of the trial mocking the proceedings on his Infowars show – promised he would “not apologize” for his actions as he complained that “people think I killed the children”.
Rachel Sharp has the details.
Alex Jones yells ‘I’m done apologizing’ to crying Sandy Hook parents in court
The far-right conspiracy theorist – who spent much of the trial mocking the proceedings on his Infowars show – grumbled that “people think I killed the kids”
Bevan HarleyOctober 11, 2022 14:55
ICYMI: Sandy Hook father says he felt like he ‘failed’ his slain daughter
Choking back tears, Robbie Parker testified that he believed six-year-old Emily’s memory was ‘failing’ as Alex Jones’ liars continued to spread lies about her.
Emilie was one of 26 students and staff killed in the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012.
A day after the massacre, the devastated father gave a short speech to the media where he paid tribute to his little girl who “made the world a better place” for being in it.
Unbeknownst to Mr Parker at the time, it was the first time any of the victims’ family members had spoken publicly since their deaths.
He became the target of Mr. Jones and his followers’ campaign of harassment and intimidation at Infowars.
Rachel Sharp has the story.
Sandy Hook father says Alex Jones’ lies made him feel like he ‘failed’ his daughter
Robbie Parker testified that seeing the far-right extremist continue to spread lies about the Parkland families was a “huge catalyst” for him to “fight back”
Bevan Harley11 October 2022 14:45
ICYMI: Jones’ lawyer compares him to Atwood and Orwell
In closing arguments, Norm Pattis claimed that Alex Jones was a “mad prophet” while comparing him to literary greats Margaret Atwood and George Orwell.
Alex Jones’ lawyer compares him to The Handmaid’s Tale author Margaret Atwood
“There have always been creative geniuses in the world,” says Jones’ attorney, Norm Pattis
Bevan Harley11 October 2022 14:30
WATCH: Highlights from Alex Jones’ defamation trial
A Connecticut jury will resume deliberations this morning to decide how much Alex Jones should pay in damages for defaming family members of Sandy Hook victims.
Here’s a video recap of key moments from the trial so far.
Highlights from Alex Jones’ defamation trial
Alex Jones is in the middle of his second libel trial for his lies about the Sandy Hook massacre. Lawyers for the victims’ families urged jurors to take into account the huge profits Jones made from spreading conspiracy theories about the mass killing when determining how much he should pay in restitution. After the attack, the Infowars host made numerous claims suggesting the shooting was a hoax meant to justify a government seizure of Americans’ guns. Here’s a look at some of the key moments from the trial. Click here to subscribe to our newsletters.
Bevan Harley11 October 2022 14:20
Welcome back to The Independent’s live coverage as the debate continues
The jury is due to reconvene for its second full day of deliberations on Tuesday at 9.30am.
Proceedings began briefly Thursday afternoon after closing arguments, with jurors spending just under an hour in the deliberation room.
They then spent about six hours Friday weighing how much Jones should pay in restitution, but did not reach an agreement.
Jurors had asked the court for a board, markers, an eraser and a copy of the 30-page jury charge, which the court took several hours to produce.
It is impossible to say how long the process could take from here.
Megan Sheets11 October 2022 13:56