A month into the trial, a Texas jury ruled that Jones and his company, Free Speech Systems, parent of the Infowars media organization, should pay two parents nearly $50 million.
Jones gratuitously told his audience that the incident after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting was staged. He has since admitted that the shooting took place, but after the charges were filed. He said in a 2019 affidavit that “a form of psychosis” made his false comments.
In the Connecticut case, where eight other Sandy Hook families are suing Jones, Judge Barbara Bellis granted a default judgment against the Infowars founder in November 2021 for failing to comply with court orders.
Since the judge has already ruled that Jones is liable, the jury is now determining the amount of damages to be awarded to the plaintiffs. Although the families have not specified a dollar figure, an attorney for the families asked jurors last week to “send a message” to the public with their decision.
Christopher Mattei, the attorney for the Sandy Hook families, argued at trial that Jones encouraged the Sandy Hook lie because it was profitable.
Jones’ attorney, Norman Pattis, has argued that the Sandy Hook plaintiffs’ claims are “exaggerated.” Pattis also said the Sandy Hook families have “become partisan” and the defense said it will argue that the harm has been exaggerated “because they want to be silenced.” [Jones] for political reasons.”