Jurors in Alex Jones’ defamation case start listening to testimony on punitive damages

August 5 (Reuters) – In 2012 Attorneys for the parents of a child killed in the Sandy Hook mass shooting have begun filing evidence against the estate of Alex Jones in a bid to recover $4.1 million in damages. USD Texas jury for US conspiracy theorist’s false claims, murder was a hoax.

Forensic economist Bernard Pettingill testified Friday on behalf of the parents of slain 6-year-old Jesse Lewis, who say they suffered years of harassment after Jones spread lies about the killing of 20 children and six staff members at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown. Connecticut, 2012 December 14

“He was spreading hate speech and disinformation, but he made a lot of money and made a lot of money out of it,” Pettingill said, describing Jones as “a very successful man.”

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A 12-person jury on Thursday ordered Jones to pay his parents $4.1 million. USD compensation for spreading conspiracy theories about the killings. The decision came after a two-week trial in Austin, Texas, home of Jones’ Infowars radio show and podcast.

Neil Heslin and Scarlett Lewis testified that Jones’ followers had harassed them for years, mistakenly believing the parents had lied about their son’s death.

During his testimony, Jones sought to distance himself from conspiracy theories, apologizing to parents and admitting that Sandy Hook was “100% real.”

Jones’ company, Free Speech Systems LLC, filed for bankruptcy last week. Jones said on Monday’s broadcast that the filing will help the company stay on the air while it appeals.

The bankruptcy filing halted a similar defamation lawsuit by the Sandy Hook parents in Connecticut, where, like Texas, he had already been found liable.

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Report by Jack Queen; Edited by Howard Goller and Mark Porter

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