The lawsuit comes a month after a Texas jury ordered Jones and his company, Free Speech Systems, the parent of fringe media organization Infowars, to award two parents nearly $50 million.
After the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, Jones falsely told his audience that the incident had occurred. He has since admitted that the shooting took place, but only after the case was registered. He said in a 2019 affidavit that “psychological illness” compelled him to make his false comments.
In the Connecticut case, where Jones is being sued by eight other Sandy Hook families, Judge Barbara Bellis issued a default judgment in November 2021 against the Infowars founder after he failed to comply with court orders. stay
Because the judge has already ruled that Jones is liable, the jury is determining the amount of damages to award the plaintiff. Although the families have not disclosed a dollar figure, an attorney for the families asked the jurors last week to “send a message” to the public with their decision.
Christopher Mattei, a lawyer for the Sandy Hook families, has argued during the trial that Jones pushed the Sandy Hook lie because it was profitable.
Jones’ attorney, Norman Pettus, has argued that the Sandy Hook plaintiffs’ claims are “exaggerated.” Pettis has also said that Sandy Hook families have “become partisan” and said the defense will argue that the damage has been exaggerated “because they want to remain silent.” [Jones] For political reasons.”