Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

News

Sandy Hook Families Seek $2.75 Trillion in Damages from Alex Jones

Infowars founder Alex Jones has already been ordered by a court to pay almost $1 billion to the families of Sandy Hook victims for claiming that the 2012 school shooting was a hoax. It’s a sum that would be impossible for anybody short of billionaire status to pay, yet on Friday the victims’ families asked a Connecticut judge for additional punitive damages that could go as high as $2.75 trillion.

You read that right. That’s trillion, with a T.

Per Reuters:

“The families said in the filing that the “historic” scale of Jones’ wrongdoing in the case, his “utter lack of repentance” and clear intention to continue spreading lies about them deserve the highest punishment in the court’s power …

… The Connecticut jury found Jones and Infowars parent company Free Speech Systems LLC should also pay punitive damages, which are set to be determined by a judge after several days of hearings next month.
In their filing Friday, the families offered various methods of calculating punitive damages in similar cases. They said that by one metric, they could be entitled to $2.75 trillion based on the number of article impressions Infowars’ false stories garnered.”

Obviously, Jones was wrong, and even he has admitted that. But on the other hand, should being wrong on an outlandish speculation – even massively so – lead to a lifetime of poverty? Does free speech still exist in America?

Notwithstanding those issues and the general dislike for Jones many even in conservative media and punditry have, there seemed to be almost universal disdain for the absurdity of the latest demand.

Independent journalist Michael Tracey, who was once a member of The Young Turks and supported Bernie Sanders in 2016, wrote, “Did Alex Jones invade Ukraine or something?

“I actually covered the Sandy Hook shooting in 2012 and saw, in person, the body of a dead first grader,” Tracey wrote in a follow-up tweet. “So yeah, Alex Jones was wrong. But this new idea that spreading crazy theories about news events somehow warrants ruinous *multi-trillion* dollar penalties… also seems crazy.

Plenty more reactions ranged from questioning the motives and legal justification behind the trial itself to open mockery:

READ 20 COMMENTS
  • ron says:

    I think they could have presented evidence to make him Stop promoting the Lie, BUT why the money ? And until proven wrong, he did have free speech. Must be a liberal judge.

  • Scott says:

    I don’t know how it feels w/ a child. Yet trying to get money to ease your mind because now you’re angry. Free speech is free speech. Please explain other than it looks like political reasons. Same as the demonRATS…
    Shameful

  • Guest says:

    Alex Jones should write the check but post date it.

  • TOP STORIES

    News

    A judge in New York granted porn star Stormy Daniels‘s request that a subpoena she received from former President Donald Trump’s attorneys be quashed,...

    News

    Rep. Donald Payne Jr. (D-N.J.) died on Wednesday after what his office described as a “cardiac episode” that left him hospitalized and absent from...

    News

    Russian hackers claiming to be backed by the Kremlin are believed to have remotely accessed a Texas town’s water tower. The suspected hack in...

    News

    A Mind-Blowing flying car has made history after conducting the world’s first flight with a passenger. Music legend Jean-Michel Jarre, 75, took off in...

    >