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Alex Jones ordered to pay $473 million in punitive damages in Sandy Hook defamation case

Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones must pay $473 million in punitive damages on top of a nearly $1 billion verdict handed down last month for his defamatory claims about the 2012 Sandy Hook mass shooting, a Connecticut judge ruled Monday.

November 11, 2022
By Jack Queen
11 November 2022

By Jack Queen

Nov 10 (Reuters) – Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones must
pay $473 million in punitive damages on top of a nearly $1
billion verdict handed down last month for his defamatory claims
about the 2012 Sandy Hook mass shooting, a Connecticut judge
ruled Monday.

The ruling comes a month after a jury in Waterbury,
Connecticut, found Jones must pay more than a dozen relatives of
Sandy Hook victims $965 million in compensatory damages for
falsely claiming they were actors who staged the shooting as
part of a government plot to seize Americans’ guns.

The plaintiffs had asked a judge to impose additional
punitive damages, citing what they said was the “historic” scale
of Jones’ wrongdoing and his “utter lack of repentance.” Jones
has since acknowledged the shooting took place but refused to
apologize to the families during his trial testimony.

In a statement, plaintiffs’ attorney Chris Mattei said the
ruling “serves to reinforce the message of this case: Those who
profit from lies targeting the innocent will face justice.”
(Reporting by Jack Queen; editing by Jonathan Oatis)

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