A Texas (USA) jury ordered this Friday that the well-known broadcaster and propagator of conspiracy theories Alex Jones pay $45.2 million as a “punitive penalty” to the parents of one of the victims of the Sandy Hook school shootingwhere 20 children and 6 adults died in 2012.
This is the second verdict received by Jones, founder of podcast InfoWarssince on Thursday the same jury ordered the far-rightist to pay $4.1 million in compensation to Scarlett Lewis and Neil Heslin, parents of little Jesse, 6, who died in that shooting.
Punitive sanctions are contemplated in those cases in which someone has had a especially harmful behavior.
From info wars podcastJones spent years spreading the theory that the Sandy Hook school shootingfrom Newtown (Connecticut, USA), it was a “farce”before which several of the families of the victims sued him.
After the complaints began to be filed, the radio commentator changed his speech and went on to acknowledge that the shooting was real.
Even so, the theory propagated by Jones led several of his followers to threatening and harassing the victims’ parentsamong them those of little Jesse, whom they accused of lying about the death of their son for political purposes.
The nearly $50 million Jones will have to pay the plaintiffs is well below the $150 million originally sought.
Last Friday, Jones’ company, Free Speech Systemsdeclared bankruptcy, in a movement that the victims interpreted precisely as part of a strategy to reduce the amount of the then foreseeable penalty.
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