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  1. Vladimir Illich

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    There's going to be one very broke man in the US shortly !!!


    Jury awards $45.2m in punitive damages in Alex Jones trial

    Jack Queen
    6 August 2022, 0:38 pm
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    Alex Jones' trial at the Travis County Courthouse, Austin, Texas


    US conspiracy theorist Alex Jones must pay the parents of a 6-year-old boy killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre $45.2 million in punitive damages - on top of $4.1 million in compensatory damages already awarded - for falsely claiming the shooting was a hoax, a Texas jury decided on Friday.

    Neil Heslin and Scarlett Lewis, separated parents of slain 6-year-old Jesse Lewis, testified that followers of Jones harassed them and sent them death threats for years in the false belief that they were lying about their son's death in the Dec. 14, 2012, shooting that killed 20 children and six staff at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

    The 12 jurors decided on the punitive damages one day after determining the compensatory damages following a two-week trial in the defamation lawsuit presided over by Judge Maya Guerra Gamble in state court in the Texas capital of Austin, where Jones' radio show and far-right webcast Infowars are based.

    Jones, a prominent figure in American right-wing circles and a supporter of former President Donald Trump, had called the Sandy Hook massacre a US government hoax staged using crisis actors to serve as a pretext for taking away Americans' guns.

    After the verdict, Lewis told reporters that the trial's outcome showed that "we can choose love," adding: "We're all responsible for one another."

    The parents had sought $145.9 million in punitive damages and $150 million in compensatory damages. Compensatory damages are awarded to cover a plaintiff's suffering and losses. Punitive damages are awarded to punish a defendant's actions.

    An attorney for Jones, Federico Andino Reynal, had asked jurors to return a verdict of $270,000 in punitive damages based on the number of hours Infowars devoted to Sandy Hook coverage.

    Outside the courthouse, Reynal told reporters the verdict was high but that Texas law caps punitive damages at $750,000 per plaintiff.

    Reynal later told Reuters he aimed to minimize compensatory damages throughout the trial knowing there is a cap on punitive damages.

    "We always knew that was going to be a backstop, so the strategy worked," Reynal said, referring to the cap.

    The punitive damages were put at $4.2 million for Jones defaming Heslin by questioning that he held his dead son after the shooting and $20.5 million apiece to Heslin and Lewis for mental anguish.

    "We ask that you send a very, very simple message, and that is: stop Alex Jones. Stop the monetization of misinformation and lies," Wesley Todd Ball, a lawyer for the parents, told jurors on Friday before they began deliberations on punitive damages.

    Jones sought to distance himself from the conspiracy theories during his testimony in the trial, apologizing to the parents and acknowledging that Sandy Hook was "100% real."

    The Sandy Hook gunman, Adam Lanza, used a Remington Bushmaster rifle during the massacre, which ended when he killed himself with the sound of approaching police sirens.

    'TRULY A BAD ACTOR'

    The judge admonished Jones during the trial for not telling the truth during his testimony about his bankruptcy and lack of compliance with requests for documents.

    Attorney Doug Mirell, a defamation litigation expert not involved in the case, said the question of Jones's truthfulness on the witness stand could have played a role in the jury's award of punitive damages, noting that it is unusual to award significantly more in punitive than compensatory damages.

    "The jury may have simply latched on to their revulsion at the lies and decided Mr. Jones is truly a bad actor," Mirell told Reuters.

    Forensic economist Bernard Pettingill testified on Friday that Jones and Infowars are worth between $135 million and $270 million combined.

    Jones' company, Free Speech Systems LLC, declared bankruptcy last week. Jones said during a Monday broadcast that the filing will help the company stay on the air while it appeals.

    The bankruptcy declaration paused a similar defamation suit by Sandy Hook parents in Connecticut where, as in Texas, he has already been found liable. The bankruptcy will also pause another defamation suit by Sandy Hook parents in Texas, Reynal told Reuters.

    During closing arguments on Wednesday, Kyle Farrar, a lawyer for the parents, urged the jury to end what he called their nightmare and hold Jones accountable for profiting off their son's death. Reynal acknowledged during his closing argument that Jones and Infowars reported "irresponsibly" on Sandy Hook but said his client was not responsible for the harassment.

    The plaintiffs have accused Jones of approaching the trial in bad faith, citing broadcasts in which he said the proceedings were rigged against him and that the jury pool was full of people who "don't know what planet they're on."

    Reynal vowed on Friday that Jones will keep doing his job "holding the power structure accountable."
     
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  2. jimandjan

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    Will be glad to see if, they see even a fraction of the money rewarded.
     
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  3. Vladimir Illich

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    Squeeze him till his pips squeak !!!
     
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  4. Twogigahz

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    It's one thing to get a judgement or award, but actually collecting on it is a whole different issue... As usual, who really wins? The lawyers...
     
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  5. Vladimir Illich

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    No, don't need Solicitors, just make an application to the court (you can do that yourself) for a Bailiff's warrant to sequestor goods to the value of the claim, plus, since the Baillifs will need to be paid, their costs will also be added to the warrant.
     
  6. Twogigahz

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    Maybe it works that way on your side of the Atlantic....
     
  7. Vladimir Illich

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    The American civil legal system was primarily based on English Law, so you still have court bailiffs, the only difference is how one accesses them !!!
     
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  8. Twogigahz

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    This will be tied up in appeals for years.
     
  9. Vladimir Illich

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    But you can't appeal against something that hasn't happened, so the warrant would have to executed first, then and only then can one lodge an appeal against it !!!
     
  10. JPN2

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    Lawyers are evil.
     
  11. jimandjan

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    Yes, and many become politicians, which puts them above the law.
     
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    At least forty percent of the politicians are lawyers.
     
  13. Vladimir Illich

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    Lawyers are not evil, they're the ones who are likely to ensure Alex Jones coughs up what he should !!!
     
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