Closing arguments in Alex Jones’ Sandy Hook trial

waterbury, connecticut – A lawyer for the families of eight people killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook Massacre told jurors on Thursday that conspiracy theorist Alex Jones began lying the day the shooting happened, allowing the lies to spread. He said that he provided a machine to

Jones’ attorneys countered by telling the jury that his client did not “invent the Internet,” and the jury sought undue damages simply because they were upset by the harassment the family experienced. argued that it should not be accepted.

The attorney said Jones and his company were on behalf of the audience on his Infowars show showing that the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting was a hoax set up to tighten gun control. made closing arguments in court to determine the amount owed by Free Speech Systems. law.

“The lies that began on December 14, 2012 continue to this day,” said plaintiffs’ attorney Christopher Mattei. “In two months he’ll be 10 years old. It’s been 10 years since these families lost loved ones, and even now, he’s still doing it.”

Mattei suggested to the jury that the plaintiffs be awarded at least $550 million and that Jones would spread lies about other shootings and other family members if he didn’t make him understand the damage his comments caused. Mattei tied the amount to an estimated 550 million views of Sandy Hook content on Jones and Infowars social media accounts from 2012 to 2018.

“Many lives were lost by December 14, 2012, but Alex Jones made sure they could not escape,” Mattei said.

“It’s your job to make sure he understands the extent of the wreckage he’s caused,” he added. It’s from.”

Defense attorney Norm Pattis launched his case in a 19-minute video from a 2018 episode of Jones’ Infowars show. In the video, Jones accuses the media of misrepresenting his position by “questioning” Sandy his hook and bringing it up long after he admitted the shooting took place. . .

“Edit and then undo as if I were undoing it,” Jones says in the video.

A six-person jury, made up of three men and three women, was able to begin deliberations on the case by the end of the day.

ever since the trial has begun On Sept. 13, all 15 plaintiffs in the Connecticut lawsuit believed Jones’ claim that the shooting never happened, and were accused by 10 people that the parents of the 20 murdered children were “crisis actors.” He testified that he had suffered for years.

Plaintiffs said they received death and rape threats, emails from conspiracy theorists containing pictures of dead children, and face-to-face confrontations with hoaxers. He was sued for violating Connecticut’s Unfair Trade Practices Act by profiting from false rumors.

Those who sued Jones and the Free Speech System in the Connecticut case include relatives of eight massacre victims and a school-bound FBI agent.

Mark Baden, whose son Daniel was one of the 26 victims, testified that conspiracy theorists threatened to dig up the boy’s grave to prove there was no shooting.

Pattis said plaintiffs’ attorneys had never harmed the family financially, and that “there was no report of the doctor’s bill and very little mention of treatment.” He told jurors that punitive damages are limited by law to attorneys’ fees and should not be confused with compensatory damages for losses caused by Jones.

“This is not an action to compensate the people of Sandy Hook for the loss of their children,” he said. “Alex Jones is not[Shooter’s]Adam Lanza.”

Austin, Texas-based Shaw and Infowars brand Jones responsible last year for defaming the plaintiff. In an unusual ruling, Judge Barbara Bellis found that Jones was disqualified from trial as a result of repeated violations of court orders and failure to turn over documents to plaintiffs’ attorneys.

Early in the Connecticut trial, Jones ran for office. testimony controversy dayhe said he was “sorry” for calling the school shooting a hoax.

Outside the courthouse and on his show, he repeatedly denounces the trial as “Kangaroo Court,” trying to put him out of business. He asserted his right to free speech, but he and his lawyer were not allowed to discuss it during the trial because he had already been found guilty. The program is also broadcast on many radio stations.

Pattis sought to limit the damage inflicted on the victims’ families, claiming that the bereaved families exaggerated their claims that they had been harmed and falsely blamed Jones for the harm.

“Alex invented fear, Alex invented anger, Alex invented what’s wrong with this world,” said Pattis. “Kill Alex and we will live happily ever after. Do you believe me?”

In a similar trial in Texas in August, a jury ordered Jones to pay. nearly $50 million Damages to the parents of one of the children killed in the shooting because of a hoax lie. Also in Texas, her third trial involving her two other parents is set to begin near the end of the year.

Jones expects the case to continue on appeal over the next two years and is asking the audience to help raise $500,000 to pay the legal costs. Meanwhile, Free Speech Systems is seeking bankruptcy protection.

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