Alex Jones Hit with $45.2 Mil Punitive Judgement, But Texas Cap is $750K

Jones was ordered to pay $45.2 mil in punitive damages after a $4.1 mil compensatory hit, but you can guess who Texas law favors
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Hapless conspiracy theorist Alex Jones was ordered by a Texas jury on Friday to pay $45.2 million in punitive damages to two Sandy Hook Elementary School parents who brought a $150 million defamation suit against him for saying repeatedly that the December 2012 shooting massacre of 20 children and six adults was a “false flag operation”—a “hoax” performed by “crisis actors.”

The jury on Thursday had already ruled that the InfoWars founder owed the parents $4.1 million in compensatory damages. Also on Thursday, it was revealed that lawyers representing the families said that files they were sent by Jones as part of the discovery process contained child pornography—which Jones immediately said was a conspiracy involving a “malware attack attempting to embed” the images in his files to put a frame on him—orchestrated, he maintained, by a lawyer for the families.

Earlier this week, opposing counsel revealed to Jones while he was on the witness stand that one of his own lawyers had accidentally sent their team the entire contents of one of Jones’ cell phones, allegedly proving that the serial bumbler has been untruthful on several key issues.

So it was not a great week for the hazardous waking-apnea babbler who built a reported $800,000-a-day empire saying that 9/11 was an inside job and calling grieving families liars after 20 of their children were massacred in a schoolhouse ambush by a lone gunman.

However, this is all going down in Texas, so guess whose side the law is on.

As MSN reports, Texas has a $750,000 cap on punitive damages in civil suits, so it’s anybody’s bet how much Jones will actually have to cough up.

Initially, Jones attorney F. Andino Reynal asked jurors to award a total of $8 in compensatory damages—one dollar for each of the eight “harms” the court already found Jones inflicted on the parents. After the jury decided the damage was more in the multi-million range, Reynal changed tune on Friday, asking jurors to return a verdict that was “fair and proportionate,” which he estimated at $270,000.

“Alex Jones is patient zero for our society’s inability to speak without lies,” plaintiff attorney Wesley Ball countered as he asked the jury to “take him out of this discourse of this misinformation, of this peddling of lies and make sure he can’t do it again.”

Forensic economist Bernard Pettingill, who was hired by the plaintiffs to testify, estimated Jones’ personal net worth to be between $70 million and $140 million, MSN reports.

Pettingill testified that Jones “promulgated some hate speech and some misinformation, but he made a lot of money, and he monetized that… As much of a maverick that he is, as much of an outsider that he is, he is a very successful man.”

He’d better be. Jones is still facing two more Texas lawsuits from parents whose children were murdered at Sandy Hook.


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