BREAKING: Jury awards more than $4M to Sandy Hook family in Alex Jones Defamation Trial

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Alex Jones and his website Infowars have been the subject of multiple defamation lawsuits over his repeated claims that the 2012 shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut was a “giant hoax.” Jones and Infowars continued to make these claims on broadcasts and in articles published on his website over the course of many years. Jones’ followers have harassed the families of the victims and many, in turn, filed suit against him for making defamatory statements that were knowingly false, or made with a disregard for the truth.
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Deep Dive

Alex Jones, Infowars, and the Sandy Hook Defamation Suits

Attorney Mark Bankston questions Alex Jones on the stand during his trial.

Mark Bankston, lawyer for Neil Heslin and Scarlett Lewis, asks Alex Jones questions about his emails and text messages during trial at the Travis County Courthouse, Austin, Texas, Aug. 3, 2022. (Pool Photo via Reuters/Briana Sanchez)

Alex Jones and his website Infowars have been the subject of multiple defamation lawsuits over his repeated claims that the 2012 shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut was a “giant hoax.” Jones and Infowars continued to make these claims on broadcasts and in articles published on his website over the course of many years. Jones’ followers have harassed the families of the victims and many, in turn, filed suit against him for making defamatory statements that were knowingly false, or made with a disregard for the truth.
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News & Updates

Aug. 1, 2022: EXPLAINER: Is Alex Jones’ Trial about Free Speech Rights?

CHICAGO (AP): Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones arrived at a Texas courthouse for his defamation trial for calling the Sandy Hook Elementary School attack a hoax with the words “Save the 1st” scrawled on tape covering his mouth.

Although Jones portrays the lawsuit against him as an assault on the First Amendment, the parents who sued him say his statements were so malicious and obviously false that they fell well outside the bounds of speech protected by the constitutional clause.

AP reporter Michael Tarm talks to Stephen D. Solomon, the founder of First Amendment Watch, for this story.

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https://firstamendmentwatch.org/deep-dive/alex-jones-infowars-and-the-sandy-hook-defamation-suits/

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