Alex Jones’ $49.3M verdict and the future of misinformation
Infowars conspiracy theorist Alex Jones is facing a hefty price tag for his lies about the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre — $49.3 million in damages and counting — for claiming the nation’s deadliest school shooting was a hoax.
A jury says Alex Jones should pay $49 million for defaming Sandy Hook parents. He might be ordered to pay only a fraction of that thanks to Texas law.
The jury ordered Alex Jones to pay $45.2 million as punishment for his Sandy Hook lies, but Texas law caps punitive damages at $750,000.news.yahoo.com
A forensic economist testified that Alex Jones began funneling $11,000 per day into an alleged shell company around the time he was found liable by default in defamation suits
On Friday, a jury said Alex Jones should pay $45.2 million in punitive damages after being found liable for defamation.news.yahoo.com
Barr says Justice Department appears to be "taking a hard look" at Trump and his inner circle
In an exclusive interview with CBS News senior investigative correspondent Catherine Herridge, former Attorney General Bill Barr offered his analysis of the Jan. 6 grand jury investigation and what recent subpoenas for top Trump advisers may mean for the former president.news.yahoo.com
Alex Jones ordered to pay $45.2M more over Sandy Hook lies
A Texas jury has ordered conspiracy theorist Alex Jones to pay $45.2 million in punitive damages to the parents of a child who was killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, adding to the $4.1 million he has to pay for the suffering he put them through by claiming for years that the nation’s deadliest school shooting was a hoax.
Alex Jones and his media company have a net worth up to $270 million, forensic economist testifies, saying the conspiracy theorist has monetized 'hate speech'
"As much of a maverick that he is, as much of an outsider that he is, he is a very successful man," the finance expert said of Alex Jones.news.yahoo.com
Alex Jones, Roger Stone, and why the J6 committee getting their 'intimate messages' is more than just a joke on Twitter
Twitter is cracking up over Jan. 6 probers getting 2 years of Alex Jones' 'intimate' texts to Roger Stone. Given their roles in the riot, it's no laughing matter.news.yahoo.com
Alex Jones must pay $4.1 million to Sandy Hook parents, jury finds
A jury in Texas on Thursday found that the Infowars founder is liable for more than $4 million in compensatory damages for falsely claiming the 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., was a hoax.news.yahoo.com
Alex Jones ordered to pay Sandy Hook parents more than $4M
A Texas jury has ordered conspiracy theorist Alex Jones to pay more than $4 million in compensatory damages to the parents of a 6-year-old boy who was killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre over Jones' repeated public claims that the attack was a hoax.
Alex Jones Ordered to Cough Up $4M in Disastrous Sandy Hook Battle
Briana Sanchez/Pool via REUTERSThe Texas jury that conspiracy theorist and InfoWars founder Alex Jones publicly referred to as “extremely blue collar folks” who “don’t know what planet they’re on,” found the online pseudo-celeb liable on Thursday to the tune of $4.11 million for spreading lies about the Sandy Hook school shooting.The verdict means Jones now must pay damages for defamation and intentional infliction of emotional distress to the mother and father of Jesse Lewis, a 6-year-old boy knews.yahoo.com
Alex Jones could face perjury charges and up to 10 years in a Texas jail after his lawyer mistakenly revealed text messages the Infowars host claimed didn't exist, legal experts say
A former prosecutor who has been on the receiving end of a similar attorney gaffe told Insider that Jones' legal troubles could just be beginning.news.yahoo.com
Alex Jones’ Damning Texts ACCIDENTALLY Sent to Sandy Hook Lawyer
Briana Sanchez/Pool via ReutersA day after far-right conspiracy-monger Alex Jones was scolded by a judge for chewing gum in the courtroom, opposing lawyers dropped a bombshell revelation they said proved the embattled InfoWars host has been lying on the stand.Jones testified on Wednesday for the second time in attempting to fend off one of many defamation lawsuits brought by families affected by the Sandy Hook massacre. They are seeking at least $150 million from Jones and his bankrupt media comnews.yahoo.com
Alex Jones Gets Scolded During Really Crappy Day in Court
Briana Sanchez/Pool via ReutersFor a man so up in arms about being thrust in front of a “kangaroo court,” Alex Jones appears to be trying his hardest to make a mockery of the ongoing defamation suit brought against him by Sandy Hook parents. The final afternoon of testimony in Jones’ two-week trial got off to a rocky start on Tuesday, with the judge presiding over the Austin case reprimanding the the notorious conspiracy theorist as he appeared to chew something in court.“Spit your gum out, Mr.news.yahoo.com
Alex Jones' media company files for bankruptcy amid trial
Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones’ media company Free Speech Systems has filed for bankruptcy, but his attorney says it shouldn't disrupt the defamation damages trial underway in Texas that seeks to force Jones to pay $150 million or more to the family of one of the children killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School attack.
Detective: Alex Jones 'most dangerous' type of attack denier
An attorney for the parents of one of the children who were killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting told jurors that conspiracy theorist Alex Jones repeatedly “lied and attacked the parents of murdered children” when he told his Infowars audience that the 2012 attack was a hoax.
The superspreaders behind top COVID-19 conspiracy theories
Legitimate questions about the virus created perfect conditions for conspiracy theories. COVID CLAIM: Boyle says the coronavirus is a genetically engineered bioweapon that escaped from a high-level lab in Wuhan, China. COVID CLAIM: Nikulin argues the U.S. created the virus and used it to attack China. He first voiced the belief in a Jan. 20, 2020, story by Zvezda, a state media outlet tied to the Russian military. EVIDENCE: There is no evidence that the U.S. created the virus or used it as a weapon to attack Iran.
Report: Publix heiress gave ‘lion’s share’ of money for Jan. 6 Trump rally
The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the heiress to the Publix Supermarket chain contributed about $300,000 to former President Donald Trump's rally that preceded the Jan. 6 riot on the capitol. The heiress to the Publix Super Market Inc. chain paid for the “lion’s share” of a half-million rally Jan. 6 for former President Donald Trump, according to a report from the Wall Street Journal. WSJ reported that Julie Jenkins Fancelli committed $300,000 through a former fundraising representative to former President Donald Trump’s 2020 campaign. Fancelli is not an employee of Publix Super Markets, and is neither involved in our business operations, nor does she represent the company in any way. The deplorable actions that occurred that day do not represent the values, work or opinions of Publix Super Markets.”A Lakeland Ledger report last August showed Publix had donated nearly $425,000 through its Political Action Committee to candidates and committees in the 2020 election cycle.
Mix of extremists who stormed Capitol isn't retreating
Militia members, white supremacists, paramilitary organizations and fervent supporters of outgoing President Donald Trump stood shoulder to shoulder, unified in rage. I’m afraid that we’re going to have to be prepared for some worst-case scenarios for a while," said Amy Cooter, a senior lecturer in sociology at Vanderbilt University who studies U.S. militia groups. To understand the mix of extremists in the Capitol melee, it helps to look at history. Much of the modern militia movement was a reaction to the push for tougher gun control laws in the 1990s. Meanwhile, America’s white supremacy movement -- as old as the country itself and energized by the civil rights movement of the 1960s -- used every opportunity to stoke racism and increase recruitment.
Self-described American nationalist is held in NYC bomb hoax
This photo, provided by the New York City Police Department, Monday, Jan.4, 2021, shows the hoax explosive device at a mall in the Queens borough of New York. A police spokesman said that an initial investigation showed there was no explosive device. "An investigation is underway into the hoax," NYPD Sergeant Edward Riley said in an emailed statement. via AP)NEW YORK – A self-described American nationalist suspected of leaving a hoax explosive device in a car at a New York City mall is facing criminal charges after turning himself in to police, authorities said Tuesday. He mocked media coverage as “fake news” and derided reporters covering his arrest as "morons.”“It was a Tesla car being charged," Shenker said.