A jury resumed deliberations Friday to determine how much conspiracy theorist Alex Jones should pay for spreading the lie that the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre was a hoax.
Deliberations in the civil trial began Thursday afternoon. They resumed Friday morning with requests for a lectern, markers, eraser and a copy of the judge’s instructions to the jury.
Last year Jones was found guilty. The task of this jury is to determine how much Jones and his company Free Speech Systems should pay to the relatives of eight of the victims of the massacre and an FBI agent who attended the scene.
The plaintiffs described their suffering and threats from people who believed that one of the largest school shootings in US history was a theatrical farce staged in support of gun restrictions. Jones repeatedly spread that lie on his “Infowars” show.
A total of 20 children and six adults were killed when a gunman stormed Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut on December 12, 2012.
Jones said at trial that “there is no more apologizing” for calling the massacre a hoax. His lawyers argued that he was not responsible for what those who harassed the families did and that they exaggerated the damage caused to them by the conspiracy theory.
Outside of court, Jones has called the trial a “legal sham” that undermines his freedom of expression and seeks to bankrupt him.
In a similar trial in Texas in August, the jury ordered Jones to pay nearly $50 million in restitution to the parents of one of the dead children.