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    Infowars Whistleblower: Staff Laughed At Pleas To Stop Pushing Sandy Hook Lies

    A former employee of Infowars and Alex Jones said he was laughed at after repeatedly warning staff to stop publishing falsehoods about the Sandy Hook school shooting that left 20 kids and six adults dead.

    In a video deposition played for jurors Friday during Alex Jones’ defamation trial, former Infowars employee Rob Jacobson recalled the guilt he felt whenever the 2012 Sandy Hook shooting was part of the broadcast.

    Jacobson told a jury he felt “complicit” even though he wasn’t directly involved in the Sandy Hook lies. He said he told writers and staff at the outlet that they were violating journalistic ethics.

    “When [Sandy Hook] would come on the screen, I would make it my business to go in to the writers and explain to them as clearly as possible ... what those ethics are and why they are violating them and what the damage could possibly be,” Jacobson said.

    “I must have been in that room four to five times, at least, and only to be received with laughter and jokes,” he added.

    Jacobson worked at the outlet for 13 years, from 2004 to 2017, and was personally hired by Alex Jones. Jones didn’t appear in court Friday morning.

    A jury will soon decide how much Jones must pay to parents Neil Heslin and Scarlett Lewis, whose 6-year-old son, Jesse, was killed in the shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. For years, Jones said the shooting was fake. It wasn’t.

    Jacobson’s deposition was first reported in 2019 by HuffPost, but Friday marked the first time the footage was made public.

    The former video producer initially appears nervous, fidgeting slightly in the early minutes. But as he speaks, Jacobson becomes more animated, and at times loud, as he describes his frustration and disgust with the place he worked for years.

    “I mean, it’s one thing to make a mistake,” he remarked at one point with particular anguish. But “it’s something else to have it pointed out to you not just once, but over, and over, and over and over again, and to not only hear the damage that you’re doing to people outside of your zone, but to actually laugh about it.”

    After Jacobson’s deposition, jurors watched a second video deposition featuring Dan Bidondi, a former Infowars correspondent who went to Newtown in 2014 to harass officials at a routine Board of Education meeting.

    In the video, Bidondi says he was inspired to work for Alex Jones and Infowars because of its 9/11 coverage, specifically the outlet’s claims that the U.S. government perpetrated the terror attacks.

    Bidondi expanded on the comment by using a racial slur for Muslims and adding that he doesn’t believe jet fuel could melt steel beams.

    doesn’t believe jet fuel could melt steel beams
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    I'm sure the fat c u n t has already put a wad of cash out of reach like OJ did, but I hope they fuck him up bad.

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    Far-right conspiracy podcaster Alex Jones gloated on his program about how his latest bankruptcy scheme would slash defamation damages to Sandy Hook families and tie up even the reduced amounts “for years.”

    Jones signed a Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection petition Friday to shield the Infowars podcast parent company, Free Speech Systems LLC, his co-defendant in two defamation cases. Infowars reportedly raked in $65 million in revenue last year.

    Jones was found liable for defamation last year in cases in Connecticut and Texas for repeatedly insisting that the 20 first-grade children killed in a mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012 in Newtown, Connecticut — and their devastated parents — were actors in a fake anti-gun stunt staged by the U.S. government. (Six adults were also killed.)

    The trial in Texas, where Infowars is based, is currently being held to determine the amount of damages Jones must pay.

    Jones attempted — and was forced to drop — a similar ploy earlier this year when he filed a bankruptcy case for Infowars and for trademark and web-domain rights holding companies in a bid to force a restrictive monetary settlement with the Sandy Hook families.

    Jones claimed on his podcast Sunday that his current bankruptcy filing would slash the bond he’ll have to post for an appeal to only half of his (declared) net worth— and then he still plans to tie whatever damages are decided within that reduced amount “for years” as his Infowars podcast continues to operate. He also claimed “we’ve never lied” and that “all we have is our credibility.”

    Jones’ money scheme was being played out during dramatic testimony over the pain and suffering of the Sandy Hook families, who not only grapple with the loss of their children in a mass shooting but also are forced to face harassment and death threats by Jones’ unhinged supporters who are weaponized by his lies.

    Parents of the dead children are suffering from both post-traumatic stress disorder and a constant fear that Jones’ followers will kill them, a psychiatrist testified Monday in Jones’ Austin, Texas, defamation trial.

    “The overwhelming cause of their pain is what Jones is doing,” said Roy Lubit, a forensic psychiatrist hired by the plaintiffs.

    Lubit pointed to the experience of plaintiffs Neil Heslin and Scarlett Lewis, who lost their 6-year-son, Jesse Lewis, in the massacre.

    Heslin has been accosted on the street, and Lewis has installed surveillance equipment and sleeps with a gun, knife and pepper spray at her bedside.

    Families are not backing off the fight, despite Jones’ latest bankruptcy plot, said their lawyers.

    Jones “has once again fled like a coward to bankruptcy court in a transparent attempt to delay facing the families that he has spent years hurting,” Connecticut lawyer Chris Matei said in a statement.

    But lawyers raised concerns in court Monday at a hearing over the bankruptcy filing about the structure of Jones’ latest move — and his timing.


    • Free Speech Systems is seeking a special kind of bankruptcy protection that allows small businesses to speed through insolvency, Bloomberg reported. It’s generally aimed at companies that owe less than $7.5 million. The Infowars parent is claiming more than $50 million of debt — much of it owed to PQPR Holdings, which is owned by Alex Jones, according to yet another lawsuit against Jones.


    “There are lots of red flags circling this bankruptcy,” Avi Moshenberg, a lawyer involved in a fraudulent transfer lawsuit against Jones and Infowars in Texas, said at the Chapter 11 hearing. “This is hardly a small business.”

    Alinor Sterling, an attorney representing Sandy Hook families in one of the defamation suits, expressed “serious concerns” at the hearing “based on discovery done in Connecticut that Alex Jones has been systematically siphoning large amounts of money out of Free Speech Systems.”

    In the bankruptcy filing, Free Speech Systems listed $14.3 million in assets, including almost $1.16 million in cash and close to $1.6 million in property and equipment as of May 31, The Associated Press reported. It also claimed $79 million in liabilities, with a $54 million debt owed to PQPR Holdings.

    Besides the sizable annual Infowars revenue, Jones has been the beneficiary of a secret cryptocurrency angel, who handed over about $6 million worth of the coin in May for a total of close to $8 million worth of cryptocurrency in under a month, the Southern Poverty Law Center has reported.

    Joneswill next face a Connecticut jury in September to determine damages in that case. Jury selection began this week.

    Jones, who is linked to extremist groups behind the storming of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, is also the focus of investigators for his role in planning events preceding the violence.

    ‘There’s a Real Threat’: Sandy Hook Parents Hired Private Security for Protection from Alex Jones Fans, Court Hears

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    What a cvnt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrWilly View Post
    What a cvnt.
    I think that's the general consensus.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Topper View Post
    I think that's the general consensus.
    I would add parasitic vermin.

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    The parents of a child who was murdered during the 2012 Sandy Hook shooting delivered emotional testimony in a Texas court on Tuesday, telling a jury that the lies pushed by right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones have stained the legacy of their son and tormented them for years.

    The jury hearing the case will determine how much in damages Jones will have to pay the parents, Neil Heslin and Scarlett Lewis, who won a default judgement against him earlier this year. An attorney representing Heslin and Lewis asked the jury last week to award Heslin and Lewis $150 million.

    Fighting back tears at times, Heslin told the jury that Jones, through his conspiratorial media organization Infowars, "tarnished the honor and legacy" of his son. Heslin said that he couldn't "even begin to describe the last nine-and-a-half years of hell" he has endured because of Jones.

    "There's got to be a strong deterrent that shall prevent him from peddling this propaganda," Heslin said, adding that through his testimony he wanted "to restore my credibility, my reputation, and Jesse's legacy that he so much deserves."

    As Heslin testified, a television screen in the court showed a photograph of his murdered son, six-year-old Jesse Lewis. Jones, who is expected to testify in his own defense later on Tuesday, was absent from the courtroom during Heslin's testimony and the first part of Lewis' testimony. Heslin called that absence "a cowardly act."

    "I've been here for a week and a half and [during] my final testimony Mr. Alex Jones does not have the courage to sit in front of me or face me," Heslin said.

    An attorney representing Heslin and Lewis told CNN the two have needed to be in isolation and under the protection of professional security during the trial.

    "My life has been threatened," Heslin said. "I fear for my life. I fear for my safety and my family' safety and their life."

    'Jesse was real. I'm a real mom'

    In a remarkable moment in court, Lewis directly spoke to Jones, who was in the courtroom after the trial broke for lunch. She said that she wanted to address Jones to his face.

    "Jesse was real," Lewis told Jones. "I'm a real mom."

    Lewis told Jones that she thinks he didn't actually believe the lies he pushed about Sandy Hook.

    "That's the problem, I know you know that," Lewis told Jones. "But you keep saying it. Why? Why? For money?"

    Lewis said that "having a six-year-old son shot in the forehead" while at school is an "unbearable pain."

    "And then to have someone on top of that perpetuate a lie that it was a hoax, that it didn't happen, that it was a false flag, and that I was an actress — You think I'm an actress?" Lewis asked.

    Lewis told the jury that monetary damages were appropriate in the case because she doesn't believe Jones will ever stop.

    "There has not been a sincere apology," she said. "But if there was, ever, I liken it to being in a car accident and you run over someone and cause tremendous bodily damage and you look at that person lying on the ground and say, 'I'm so sorry, I'm so sorry, I'm not accountable for any of the damage I just caused. But I'm sorry.' That's how I see it."

    Regardless, Lewis said that she does not believe Jones understands the repercussions "of going on air with a huge audience and lying and calling this a hoax."

    "It seems so incredible to me that we have to do this," Lewis told Jones. "That we have to implore you — not just implore you, punish you — to get you to stop lying...It is surreal what is going on in here."

    Lewis also testified in court that she has been harassed and received death threats, including at her own home, all of which she said reopens the wounds surrounding her son's murder.

    "The fear and anxiety and unsafeness ... keeps me from healing," Lewis said. "It definitely negatively impacts the healing process."

    Lewis described the conspiracy theories about Sandy Hook as "deeply unsettling."

    "I feel compromised," Lewis said, describing how she feels about her own personal safety.

    Roy Lubit, a forensic psychiatrist who was hired to conduct an examination of Heslin and Lewis, testified to the court on Monday how terrified and worried for their personal safety the two parents are.

    Lubit told the court that Lewis and Heslin "are very, very frightened." When asked to specify who they are frightened of, Lubit responded, "Some follower of Jones trying to kill them."

    Lubit elaborated that Lewis sleeps with a gun, a knife, and pepper spray on her night stand. Lubit added she won't even turn on the air conditioning during hot days for fear of not being able to hear an intruder possibly coming to hurt her.

    Lewis testified Tuesday that she owns a gun to keep her other son safe, telling the jury that she failed to keep one son safe and will do everything in her power to ensure that no harm happens to her other child.

    Other legal developments

    Jones has lashed out at the judicial proceedings taking place, baselessly claiming last week that he was being tried in Texas before a "kangaroo court." Infowars has also published content attacking the judges overseeing the cases in viscous terms.

    Jones' media company, Free Speech Systems, which is the company that operates Infowars, filed for bankruptcy protection on Friday.

    Jury selection for a similar trial involving Jones and Sandy Hook families commenced on Tuesday in Connecticut, where Jones was also found liable for damages earlier this year. But jury selection was suspended after Jones' attorneys filed documents in federal court to remove the case for now due to Free Speech Systems' bankruptcy filing.

    Attorneys representing some Sandy Hook families have accused Jones of having drained Free Speech Systems of assets in recent years as part of an effort to protect himself from potential judgements he may be ordered to pay.

    One of the attorneys, Avi Moshenberg, told CNN on Tuesday that the bankruptcy filing made by Free Speech Systems indicated that $62 million in assets had been withdrawn from the company in 2021 and 2022.

    "If you look at the bankruptcy filing, leading up to the declaration of bankruptcy, Alex Jones, the sole owner [of Free Speech Systems], took $62 million in draws in 2021 and 2022," Moshenberg told CNN. "Just straight up draws. That's why the company has few assets."

    A lawyer representing Jones did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Tuesday morning. But a hearing is scheduled on Wednesday in which W. Marc Schwartz, the chief restructuring officer for Free Speech Systems, is expected to testify.

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    U.S. conspiracy theorist Alex Jones told a Texas jury on Tuesday that he never intended to hurt parents of a child killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre when he claimed the shooting was a hoax, saying his comments were taken out of context.

    "I never intentionally tried to hurt you," Jones said, addressing the parents. "I never even said your name until this case came to court. I didn’t know who you were until this came up."




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    Quote Originally Posted by Scumbag
    "I never intentionally tried to hurt you," Jones said, addressing the parents. "I never even said your name until this case came to court. I didn’t know who you were until this came up."

    Fooking horseshit.....

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    Jurors began considering damages Wednesday.


    • Alex Jones concedes Sandy Hook attack was ’100% real’


    For years, bombastic far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones ranted to his millions of followers that the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting was a hoax, that children weren’t killed and that parents were crisis actors in an elaborate ruse to force gun control.

    Under oath and facing a jury that could hit him with $150 million or more in damages for his false claims, Jones said Wednesday he now realizes that was irresponsible and believes that what happened in the deadliest school shooting in American history was “100% percent real.”

    Jones’ public contrition came on the final day of testimony in a two-week defamation lawsuit against him and his Austin-based media company Free Speech Systems brought by Neil Heslin and Scarlett Lewis, the parents of a 6-year-old Jesse Lewis. Their son was a first grader who was among the 20 students and six teachers killed at the school in Newtown, Connecticut, on Dec. 14, 2012.

    “I unintentionally took part in things that did hurt these people’s feelings,” said Jones, who also acknowledged raising conspiracy claims about other mass tragedies, from the Oklahoma City and Boston Marathon bombings to the mass shootings in Las Vegas and Parkland, Florida, “and I’m sorry for that.”

    But an apology isn’t enough for Heslin and Lewis. They said Jones and the media empire he controls and used to spread his false assertions must be held accountable.

    “Alex started this fight,” Heslin said, “and I’ll finish this fight.”

    The parents testified Tuesday about a decade of trauma, inflicted first by the murder of their son and what followed: gun shots fired at a home, online and telephone threats, and harassment on the street by strangers, all fueled by Jones and his conspiracy theory spread to his followers via his website Infowars.

    A forensic psychiatrist testified the parents suffer from “complex post-traumatic stress disorder” inflicted by ongoing trauma, similar to what might be experience by a soldier at war or a child abuse victim.

    At one point in her testimony, Lewis looked directly act Jones who was sitting barely 10 feet away.

    “It seems so incredible to me that we have to do this — that we have to implore you, to punish you — to get you to stop lying,” Lewis told Jones.

    Courts in Texas and Connecticut have already found Jones liable for defamation for his portrayal of the Sandy Hook massacre as a hoax involving actors aimed at increasing gun control.

    Now, Heslin and Lewis are asking the jury in Austin for $150 million in compensation for defamation and intentional infliction of emotional distress. They will also ask the jury to assess additional punitive damages.

    Jurors began considering damages Wednesday. Once they determine whether Jones should pay the parents compensation for defamation and emotional distress, it must then decide if he must also pay punitive damages. That portion will involve a separate mini-trial with Jones and economist testifying to his and his company’s net worth.


    • Jones’ attorney asked the jury to limit damages to $8 — one dollar for each of the compensation charges they are considering — and Jones himself said any award over $2 million “would sink us.”


    At the end of Jones’ testimony, Mark Bankston, an attorney for the family, pulled a crumpled dollar bill out of his pocket, showed it to Jones, and put it down in front of the parents.

    “The day Sandy Hook happened, Alex Jones planted a seed of misinformation that lasted a decade,” parents’ attorney Kyle Farrar told the jury in closing arguments. “And he just watered that seed over and over until it bore fruit: cruelty and money.”

    During his testimony, Jones said he’s tried in the past to back off the hoax claims, but “they (the media) won’t let me take it back.”

    Jones — who has been banned from major social media platforms for hate speech and abusive behavior — has portrayed the lawsuit as an attack on his First Amendment rights and complained that he’s been “typecast as someone that runs around talking about Sandy Hook, makes money off Sandy Hook, is obsessed by Sandy Hook.”

    Eight days of testimony included videos of Jones and Infowars employees talking about the Sandy Hook conspiracy and even mocking Heslin’s description in a 2017 television interview that he’d held his dead son Jesse’s body “with a bullet hole through his head.” Heslin described that moment with his dead son to the jury.

    Jones was the only witness to testify in his defense. And he came under withering attack from the plaintiffs attorneys under cross examination, as they reviewed Jones’ own video claims about Sandy Hook over the years, and accused him of lying and trying to hide evidence, including text messages and emails about Sandy Hook. It also included internal emails sent by an Infowars employee that said “this Sandy Hook stuff is killing us.”

    At one point, Jones was told that his attorneys had mistakenly sent Bankston the last two years’ worth of texts from Jones’ cellphone.

    And shortly after Jones declared “I don’t use email,” Jones was shown one that came from his address, and another one from an Infowars business officer telling Jones that the company had earned $800,000 gross in selling its products in a single day, which would amount to nearly $300 million in a year.

    Jones has already tried to protect Free Speech Systems financially. The company filed for federal bankruptcy protection last week. Sandy Hook families have separately sued Jones over his financial claims, arguing that the company is trying to protect millions owned by Jones and his family through shell entities.

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    Apparently after court, he went after one of the parents. Unfortunately, the judge had left.

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    ^wish I would have seen it

    ___________

    Not as much as they wanted, but there’s still hope.




    A Texas jury on Thursday ordered conspiracy theorist Alex Jones to pay more than $4 million in compensatory damages to the parents of a 6-year-old boy who was killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, marking the first time the Infowars host has been held financially liable for repeatedly claiming the deadliest school shooting in U.S. history was a hoax.

    The Austin jury must still decide how much the Infowars host must pay in punitive damages to Neil Heslin and Scarlett Lewis, whose son Jesse Lewis was among the 20 children and six educators who were killed in the 2012 attack in Newtown, Connecticut.

    The parents had sought at least $150 million in compensation for defamation and intentional infliction of emotional distress. Jones’ attorney asked the jury to limit damages to $8 — one dollar for each of the compensation charges they are considering — and Jones himself said any award over $2 million “would sink us.”

    It likely won’t be the last judgment against Jones — who was not in the courtroom when the jury announced its decision to award $4.11 million — over his claims that the attack was staged in the interests of increasing gun controls. A Connecticut judge has ruled against him in a similar lawsuit brought by other victims’ families and an FBI agent who worked on the case.

    The Texas award could set a marker for other cases against Jones and underlines the financial threat he’s facing. It also raises new questions about the ability of Infowars — which has been banned from YouTube, Spotify and Twitter for hate speech — to continue operating, although the company’s finances remain unclear.

    Jones, who has portrayed the lawsuit as an attack on his First Amendment rights, conceded during the trial that the attack was “100% real” and that he was wrong to have lied about it. But Heslin and Lewis told jurors that an apology wouldn’t suffice and called on them to make Jones pay for the years of suffering he has put them and other Sandy Hook families through.

    The parents testified Tuesday about how they’ve endured a decade of trauma, inflicted first by the murder of their son and what followed: gun shots fired at a home, online and phone threats, and harassment on the street by strangers. They said the threats and harassment were all fueled by Jones and his conspiracy theory spread to his followers via his website Infowars.

    A forensic psychiatrist testified that the parents suffer from “complex post-traumatic stress disorder” inflicted by ongoing trauma, similar to what might be experienced by a soldier at war or a child abuse victim.

    At one point in her testimony, Lewis looked directly at Jones, who was sitting barely 10 feet away.

    “It seems so incredible to me that we have to do this — that we have to implore you, to punish you — to get you to stop lying,” Lewis told Jones.

    Jones was the only witness to testify in his defense. And he came under withering attack from the plaintiffs attorneys under cross-examination, as they reviewed Jones’ own video claims about Sandy Hook over the years, and accused him of lying and trying to hide evidence, including text messages and emails about the attack. It also included internal emails sent by an Infowars employee that said “this Sandy Hook stuff is killing us.”

    At one point, Jones was told that his attorneys had mistakenly sent Mark Bankston, who is representing Heslin and Lewis, the last two years’ worth of texts from Jones’ cellphone. Bankston said in court Thursday that the U.S. House Jan. 6 committee investigating the 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol has requested the records and that he intends to comply.

    And shortly after Jones declared “I don’t use email,” Jones was shown one that came from his address, and another one from an Infowars business officer telling Jones that the company had earned $800,000 gross in selling its products in a single day, which would amount to nearly $300 million in a year.

    Jones’ media company Free Speech Systems, which is Infowars’ parent company, filed for bankruptcy during the two-week trial.

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    In other news.......




    A Texas judge denied Alex Jones's motion for a mistrial on Thursday as jury deliberations resumed in a defamation case over the U.S. conspiracy theorist’s false claims about the Sandy Hook mass shooting.

    The mistrial request followed the disclosure during the two-week-long trial that Jones's lawyer accidentally sent two years of the U.S. conspiracy theorist's text messages to the plaintiffs.

    Federico Andino Reynal, an attorney for Jones, told Judge Maya Guerra Gamble that attorneys for the plaintiffs should have immediately destroyed the records. An attorney for the parents, Mark Bankston, used the texts to undercut Jones’ testimony during cross-examination on Wednesday.

    Jones, founder of the Infowars radio show and webcast, is on trial to determine the amount of damages he owes for spreading falsehoods about the killing of 20 children and six staff at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, on Dec. 14, 2012.

    Neil Heslin and Scarlett Lewis, the parents of slain six-year-old Jesse Lewis, are seeking as much as $150 million from Jones and his company, Free Speech Systems LLC, for what their lawyer has called a "vile campaign of defamation."

    Heslin told jurors on Tuesday that Jones' falsehoods had made his life “hell” and led to a campaign of harassment and death threats against him by people who believed he lied about his son’s death.

    Jones previously claimed that the mainstream media and gun-control activists conspired to fabricate the Sandy Hook tragedy and that the shooting was staged using crisis actors.

    Jones, who later acknowledged that the shooting took place, told the Austin jury on Wednesday that it was “100% real.”

    Gamble issued a rare default judgment against Jones in the case in 2021.

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

    Jones faces a similar defamation suit in Connecticut state court, where he has also been found liable in a default judgment.

    The Sandy Hook gunman, Adam Lanza, 20, used a Remington Bushmaster rifle to carry out the massacre. It ended when Lanza killed himself with the approaching sound of police sirens.
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    Quote Originally Posted by S Landreth View Post
    Jones himself said any award over $2 million “would sink us.”
    Errr... that would be good.

    Unfortunately doubt the parents will receive much at all. Jones will file bankruptcy which will allow him to protect millions of his ill gotten loot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Norton View Post
    Jones will file bankruptcy

    Already has.

    Quote Originally Posted by S Landreth View Post
    Free Speech Systems declared bankruptcy last week.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Norton View Post
    Unfortunately doubt the parents will receive much at all. Jones will file bankruptcy which will allow him to protect millions of his ill gotten loot.
    You offer 10% - 20% of what is collected to any good law firm and they’ll get some results while making his life a living hell.

    Bankruptcy or not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by S Landreth View Post
    making his life a living hell.
    That's good news then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrWilly View Post
    Already has
    Ty. Didn't know the snake already did.

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    As I understand it, the judgement of 4 million is for damages. They still have to assess punitive damages. Be nice if they added another zero for punitive damages.

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    It should have been a 100 million for all the pain he has caused those parents. Fucking vile trumpanzee scum.

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    I'd be very surprised if this isn't massively higher.

    Friday, the court will settle on an amount for punitive damages.

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    I'd be very surprised if this isn't massively higher.
    Twas my thought as well...

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    "Take him out."
    That's what a lawyer representing two Sandy Hook parents who have sued Alex Jones for defamation over his false "hoax" claims about the massacre asked a Texas jury to do on Friday as they weigh punitive damages against the Infowars founder.
    "Take him out of this discourse of this misinformation, of this peddling of lies and make sure he can't do it again," attorney Wesley Ball said of the far-right conspiracy theorist during his closing arguments in the punitive damages phase of Jones' defamation damages trial.
    "I ask that with your verdict you not only take Alex Jones' platform away, you make certain he will not rebuild the platform," he added. "That is punishment. That is deterrence."
    The jury in the civil case on Thursday awarded $4.1 million in compensatory damages to plaintiffs Neil Heslin and Scarlett Lewis — the parents of 6-year-old Jesse Lewis, who was one of the 26 killed in the 2012 Newtown, Connecticut, massacre.
    Now lawyers for the parents want the jury to force Jones to pay $145.9 million in punitive damages to them — to come to $150 million in total damages like they originally asked for at the beginning of the two-week trial.
    "Alex Jones is patient zero for our society's inability to speak without lies," Ball told the Travis County District Court jury. "He is patient zero for alternative facts."
    "I hope we never see someone like him again," Ball said, adding, "I hope that with your verdict he can go away."
    Heslin and Lewis sued Jones and his media company, Free Speech Systems, for defamation over his falsehoods about the mass shooting.
    Jones has already been found liable by default by the Texas court and a court in Connecticut for his depiction of the rampage, which was the deadliest K-12 school shooting in American history.
    Ball told the jury that though he is "incredibly grateful" they already awarded $4.1 million to his clients because it is a sum that will change their lives "forever," it "doesn't affect Alex Jones' life one bit."
    "Your verdict doesn't punish and it doesn't deter thus far in any way and that's what this stage is for," Ball said.
    Earlier Friday, a forensic economist testified in the case and estimated that the combined net worth of Jones and his media company is between $135 million and $270 million.
    Ball told the jury that contained in the contents of Jones' cell phone that was inadvertently sent last month to opposing counsel was a text message from Jones saying that he made $4 million in one week "years after" he was de-platformed from social media sites.
    "We know that everything the man said on the [witness] stand is virtually a lie," Ball said of Jones, who testified in his own defense during the trial. "When he breathes he lies."

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    Before the punitive damages verdict……..

    dan Solomon - to set expectation: the jury will return a punitive damages verdict between a dollar and $145.9m. Either Judge Gamble or the appellate court will cap that at $750k and then it’ll either be challenged or dealt with in bankruptcy https://twitter.com/dansolomon/statu...11732785221640

    But if there’s a verdict above the 750 cap the courts will likely side with the jury

    History below……

    Heidi Li Feldman - While the jury in Texas debates punitive damages in Alex Jones defamation case, here’s some background on punitive damages, statutory caps on these, and the right to jury trial - all of which connects to the relationship between law, justice, and democracy. https://twitter.com/HeidiLiFeldman/s...18063843721218

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    A verdict on punitive damages is expected imminently.

    The plaintiffs have returned to the courtroom.

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