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August 7, 2022

Alex Jones Ordered To Pay $45.2M

A Texas jury found that Alex Jones must pay $45.2 million in punitive damages to the parents of a 6-year-old killed in the 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Parents Neil Heslin and Scarlett Lewis had sought $150 million, while the Infowars founder claimed that even $2 million would “sink” him and his company.

The order comes just one day after jurors had awarded Heslin and Lewis $4.1 million in compensatory damages. The ruling marked the first time that Jones had been held financially liable for defamation pertaining to the Sandy Hook massacre.

“I ask that with your verdict, you not only take Alex Jones’ platform that he talks about away. I ask that you make sure that he can’t rebuild the platform. That’s what matters,” said Wesley Ball, an attorney for the parents. “That is punishment. That is deterrence.”

Free Speech Systems, the parent company of Infowars, reportedly filed for bankruptcy two weeks ago.

After the verdict, an attorney for Jones told the judge that he intends to appeal the decision.

“We think the verdict was too high. … Alex Jones will be on the air today, he’ll be on the air tomorrow, he’ll be on the air next week. He’s going to keep doing his job holding the power structure accountable,” said attorney Andino Reynal.


August 5, 2022

Alex Jones Reprimanded By Judge [Video]

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The judge presiding over the Austin, Texas, defamation trial against Alex Jones admonished the Infowars founder for lying under oath.

A jury found that Jones must pay Neil Heslin and Scarlett Lewis, the parents of a 6-year-old boy killed in the 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., $4.1 million in compensatory damages for claiming that the tragedy was a hoax.

Earlier this week, Travis County District Court Judge Maya Guerra Gamble reportedly told court staffers that she was sending the jury home after prosecutors raised concerns over Jones telling falsehoods on the witness stand.

“Mr. Jones, you may not say to this jury that you complied with discovery,” said Judge Gamble. “That is not true. You may not say it again.”

“You may not tell this jury that you are bankrupt,” Gamble continued. “That is also not true. You may have filed for bankruptcy, I don’t know that but I have heard that. That doesn’t make a person or a company bankrupt. You’re already under oath to tell the truth. You’ve already violated that oath twice today in those two examples. It seems absurd to instruct you again that you must tell the truth when you testify. Yet, here I am. You must tell the truth while you testify. This is not your show. You need to slow down and not take what you see as opportunities to further the message that you’re wanting to further. Instead, only answer the specific and exact questions you’ve been asked. No asides. The comments about discovery. The comments about the larynx or whatever it was.”

“None of those were responses to questions,” the judge said. “They’re just you abusing my tolerance and making asides to the jury improperly and, in at least two cases, untruthfully. Do you understand what I have said?”

“Yes,” said Jones. “I believe what I said was true. So, I don’t know —”

“Yes, you believe everything you say is true, but it isn’t,” Judge Gamble said. “Your beliefs do not make something true. That is what we’re doing here. Just because you claim to believe something is true does not make it true. It does not protect you. It does not allow — you’re under oath. Those things must actually be true when you say them.”

The Infowars founder started to speak again.

“Don’t talk,” the judge said. “Do you understand what I have said?”

“I do understand,” Jones replied.

On Wednesday, after years of claiming that the massacre was a hoax, Jones said it was “100% real.”

“Especially since I’ve met the parents. It’s 100% real,” Jones said.

However, he later added a caveat.

“I think Sandy Hook happened. I think it was a terrible event,” he said. “I think it was a cover-up. The FBI knew it was going to happen.”

Gamble ordered the jury to return Friday to consider punitive damages.

January 3, 2022

Alex Jones Lashes Out at Trump for Pushing Vaccine [Video]

Infowars host Alex Jones had some harsh words for former President Trump, threatening to “dish all the dirt” on him over his recent pro-vaccine comments.

On a recent episode of Infowars, the previously staunch and outspoken Trump supporter told his audience to “move on” from the former president.

“Yeah, we all wish Trump would do the right thing. But listen, I’ve got the inside baseball on Trump. He doesn’t know what’s going on. And I’m not even defending Trump. I’m just saying we’ve got to move on,” Jones said.

“In fact, maybe—you know what—to get Trump’s attention,” he continued, “maybe I should just dish all the dirt—you know what, you know what—I am going to dish it all on Trump next hour.”

“It’s not to hurt Trump, it’s so people can know how pathetic he is when you think he is playing 4D chess, going to save you and he’s not!” Jones added.

Trump has recently been touting the COVID-19 vaccines as a major accomplishment of his administration, encouraging Americans to get the vaccine.


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Alex Jones Threatens to ‘Dish Dirt’ on Trump for Pushing Vaccine

November 23, 2021

Jan. 6 Committee Subpoenas Roger Stone, Alex Jones

The House committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot has subpoenaed former President Donald Trump’s ally Roger Stone and far-right radio host Alex Jones.

“The Select Committee is seeking information about the rallies and subsequent march to the Capitol that escalated into a violent mob attacking the Capitol and threatening our democracy,” Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-MS) said in the statement. “We need to know who organized, planned, paid for, and received funds related to those events, as well as what communications organizers had with officials in the White House and Congress.”

“We believe the witnesses we subpoenaed today have relevant information and we expect them to cooperate fully with our effort to get answers for the American people about the violence of January 6th,” he added.

Stone gave speeches at rallies on Jan. 5 and 6 and reportedly used members of the militia group the Oath Keepers as personal security.

Jones also spoke at both rallies, claimed to have provided “eight percent” of the rally’s funding via a donation he facilitated.

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Jan. 6 panel subpoenas Roger Stone, Alex Jones

November 16, 2021

Alex Jones found guilty by default in Sandy Hook defamation lawsuits

A Connecticut superior court found far-right broadcaster Alex Jones guilty in a defamation case brought by the families of eight people killed in a 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

The court ruled that he was liable by default because Jones failed to comply with his order to produce documents, including financial records.

The latest ruling joins three previous rulings in Texas to grant the families of 10 Sandy Hook victims four successful defamation lawsuits against Jones.

Jones repeatedly spread the conspiracy theory that the mass shooting that left 20 first-graders and six educators dead was a government-led plot to confiscate Americans’ firearms, and that the victims’ families were paid “actors.”

The families alleged that Jones had profited off of spreading the misinformation about the shooting.

The law firm representing the families issued a statement on Monday.

“As the Court noted, Alex Jones and his companies have deliberately concealed evidence of the relationship between what they publish and how they make money,” the lawyers said. “Mr. Jones was given every opportunity to comply but, when he chose instead to withhold evidence for more than two years, the Court was left with no choice but to rule as it did today. While today’s ruling is a legal victory, the battle to shed light on how deeply Mr. Jones has harmed these families continues.”

Jones also released a statement through his Infowars website, lamenting the judge’s ruling as a blow to the First Amendment.

“Nothing less than the fundamental right to speak freely is at stake in these cases,” the statement read. “It is not overstatement to say the first amendment was crucified today.”

Juries in both Connecticut and Texas will determine how much the families should receive in damages. Those trials are scheduled for next year.

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Alex Jones found guilty in latest Sandy Hook defamation case

October 2, 2021

Alex Jones found liable for false claims about Sandy Hook shooting

A judge determined that radio host Alex Jones is liable in two lawsuits for damages stemming from his claims about the Sandy Hook school shooting in 2012, court documents confirm.

Judge Maya Guerra Gamble issued default judgments against Jones and his website Infowars for failing to comply with court orders to provide information for the lawsuits brought against him by the parents of two children killed in the shooting.

The ruling effectively means that Jones lost the case by default, but a jury will still decide the monetary amount he will owe to the plaintiffs.

“Mr. Jones was given ample opportunity to take these lawsuits seriously and obey the rule of law,” said Mark Bankston, an attorney for the parents. “He chose not to do so, and now he will face the consequences for that decision.” 

A lawyer for Jones and his outlet issued a statement on the ruling.

“We are distressed by what we regard as a blatant abuse of discretion by the trial court,” the statement read.

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Infowars host Alex Jones is responsible for damages triggered by his false claims on the Sandy Hook shooting, judge rules

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