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American conspirator Alex Jones, here pictured in Washington DC in January 2021 just before the invasion of the Capitol by pro-Trumps, was condemned by justice for having denied the Sandy Hook massacre, the most terrible ever committed in a school in the USA.
UNITED STATES – A setback for the promoters of fake news. This Friday, August 5, the famous far-right conspirator Alex Jones was sentenced by Texas justice to pay a fine of $ 45.2 million to the parents of a boy killed in the worst massacre ever to occur in an American school. , Sandy Hook, whose reality he had denied.
The day before, the founder of the Infowars site had already been ordered to pay more than four million dollars in damages to Scarlett Lewis and Neil Heslin, whose six-year-old son died in the massacre at the Sandy Hook school in 2012.
Punish “misinformation and lies”
On December 14 of that year, a young man armed with a semi-automatic rifle killed 20 children and six adults at this Connecticut establishment, sparking fear in the United States and reigniting the debate on measures to regulate gun sales.
Alex Jones, a well-known figure on the far right and follower of conspiracy theories, had, against all evidence, affirmed on his site that the massacre was only a staging led by opponents of firearms.
Earlier Friday, Wesley Ball, the attorney for the deceased boy’s parents, told the jury: “You have the capacity to send a message to the whole country, even to the world (…). And it is to stop Alex Jones. Stop the monetization of misinformation and lies ». He also asked them to “to make sure he can’t do it again”.
More penalties to come against Alex Jones
These sentences are only the first in a series of proceedings brought by the relatives of the victims against Alex Jones. Several families had sued him for compensation. He had finally publicly admitted the reality of the killing, while refusing to cooperate with the courts.
Judges in Texas and Connecticut had therefore condemned him by default to pay damages to the plaintiffs, while leaving it to jurors to set their amount.
Other financial sanctions should follow soon and could deprive Alex Jones of his platform.
The killings – recurrent in the United States – are often the subject of conspiracy theories questioning the reality of the facts, which sometimes provoke the harassment of relatives of victims, accused of lying.
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