A jury has ordered Infowars founder Alex Jones to pay $965 million in damages to the families of victims of the 2012 Sandy Hook school shooting.
The verdict from the Jury came after three weeks of testimony in Waterbury, Connecticut, where lawyers for families of sandy hook victims argued that Alex Jones profited off lies about the shooting. Previously, Jones claimed the shooting never happened and argued the families were hired as actors for a bigger plot to take away guns from Americans. Alex Jones has since called the Sandy Hook School shooting a real shooting that actually happened.
Chris Mattei, a lawyer for the families, said “Every single one of these families are drowning in grief, and Alex Jones put his foot right on top of them.”
A lawyer for Alex Jones, Norman Pattis, argued that the families had shown little to no evidence of quantifiable losses and urged jurors to ignore the political undercurrents in the case. Pattis said, “This is not a case about politics. It’s about how much to compensate the plaintiffs.”