Alex Jones Must Pay Nearly $50 Million For Sandy Hook Conspiracies, Texas Judge Rules

Topline

A Texas judge Tuesday ruled Alex Jones must pay more than $45 million in punitive damages for promoting false conspiracy theories surrounding the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, according to multiple reports, far higher than the cap the state usually allows, in yet another legal loss setting the extremist InfoWars radio host on a likely path to financial ruin.

Key Facts

Travis County Judge Maya Guerra Gamble affirmed Jones must pay the $45.2 million in punitive damages ordered by jurors in August, on top of $4.1 million in compensatory damages he’s been ordered to pay parents of a Sandy Hook shooting victim.

In a hearing Tuesday, Gamble questioned the constitutionality of a Texas law which caps punitive damages in cases such as Jones’ to $750,000, according to the New York Times.

It’s not immediately clear if Jones’ team plans to appeal or take other legal action in response.

Key Background

Parents of Sandy Hook Elementary School victims filed several defamation lawsuits against Jones after he falsely claimed the shooting was staged. Between courts in Texas and Connecticut, Jones has been ordered to pay well over $1 billion for his claims about the shooting. Jones has laughed off the rulings, saying he’s worth $2 million at most, even though forensic economist Bernard Pettingill Jr. testified at the Texas trial he believes Jones has a net worth of up to $270 billion. A Connecticut judge earlier this month temporarily froze Jones’ assets amid concerns he was “looting” his estate and hiding money in shell companies run by members of his family to avoid having to hand it over in damages.

Tangent

Twitter owner Elon Musk has reinstated numerous formerly banned controversial accounts recently, such as former President Donald Trump’s, but he’s repeatedly said Jones will not be allowed back on the platform. “Too bad,” Musk tweeted Friday to a user who asked for Jones to be allowed back.

Further Reading

Alex Jones Likely Doesn’t Have $1 Billion. He Does Own Five Homes In Texas, Though. (Forbes)

Judge Freezes Alex Jones’ Assets As He Faces Over $1 Billion In Damages For Spreading Sandy Hook Conspiracy Theories (Forbes)

Jury Hits Alex Jones With $45 Million In Punitive Damages Over Sandy Hook Conspiracy Claims (Forbes)

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