Jury deliberations are underway within the Sandy Hook case

After hearing seven days of evidence and dozens of witnesses, jurors began deliberations to determine how much money InfoWars host Alex Jones must pay the parents of 6-year-old Sandy Hook shooting victim Jesse Lewis for a campaign to portray the school attack. as a fraud.

The case went to jurors late Wednesday afternoon, and state District Judge Maya Guerra Gamble said she doubted they could get beyond choosing a foreman and reading jurors’ charges before the courtroom closed at 5 p.m.

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Neil Heslin and Scarlett Lewis asked the jury for $150 million in actual damages, alleging that Jones in 2012 Portraying Sandy Hook in elementary school as a hoax to justify a government crackdown on guns and parents as liars or collaborators inspired the harassment. Death threats from Jones’ followers made it impossible to recover from the tragedy.

Jones’ attorney, Andino Reynal, asked jurors to award a total of $8 — $1 for each of the eight damages the court has already determined Jones and his parent company, Free Speech Systems, caused to Jesse’s parents.

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At least 10 of the 12 jurors must agree on a verdict. Four alternates, two more than usual because of the pandemic and the two-week trial, were fired Thursday.

in 2022  Kyle Farrar, attorneys representing Neil Heslin and Scarlett Lewis, make closing arguments Wednesday, Aug. 3, at the Travis County Courthouse.  Heslin and Lewis are seeking two $150 million awards from Austin-based conspiracy theorist Alex Jones.  Jones was found to have defamed the parents of a Sandy Hook student by calling the attack a hoax.

Before hearing closing arguments Thursday, jurors were told that Jones and Free Speech Systems defamed Heslin in two 2017 lawsuits. InfoWars reports that questioned his claim that he held his dead son and saw a bullet wound to the head after the shooting. Heslin testified in an interview with NBC that he did so in hopes of stopping Jones’ campaign and protecting the legacy of his son, who died a hero shouting “Run!” when the attacker paused. Nine students escaped; Jesse didn’t.

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The jury must determine an amount of money that would fairly compensate Heslin for past and future damage to his reputation and for past and future mental anguish caused by the defamatory reports.

Jurors were also told that Jones and his company intentionally inflicted emotional distress on Heslin and Lewis between 2012 and 2018. repeatedly portrayed the Sandy Hook shooting as a hoax when they filed the lawsuit. Each parent can be compensated for past and future mental anguish.

in 2022  Andino Reynal, attorney for Alex Jones, makes his closing arguments Wednesday, Aug. 3, at the Travis County Courthouse in Austin.  Jones was found to have defamed the parents of a Sandy Hook student by calling the attack a hoax.

In his closing argument, the parents’ attorney, Kyle Farrar, reminded jurors that jurors were asked if they could confirm damages of $100 million or more. Those who could not were weeded out during the selection process, he said.

“This is your chance to hold Alex Jones accountable for the damage he caused,” Farrar said.

Reynal said the parents, their expert witnesses and attorneys failed to show that they were actually and directly harmed by Jones’ words.

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