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A Texas jury on Friday ordered Infowars' Alex Jones to pay $49.3 million in total damages to the parents of a first-grader killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, which the conspiracy theorist falsely called a hoax orchestrated by the government in order to tighten U.S. gun laws.
— (PBS) (August 5) (Pocket)
The jury also ordered Jones to pay $4.1 million in compensatory damages on Thursday following a two-week trial in Austin, Texas, where Infowars is based. The court found Jones defamed Neil Heslin and Scarlett Lewis, the parents of 6-year-old Sandy Hook Shooting victim Jesse Lewis after Jones said the couple was part of a government plot to fake the 2012 massacre.
— (Just the News) (August 9) (Pocket)
The parents of a child killed in the school shooting were awarded the punitive damages at the conclusion of the defamation trial against the conspiracy theorist.
— (New York Times) (August 6) (Pocket)
The sum for punitive damages comes on top of the US$4.1 million earlier awarded to parents of a victim in the 2012 massacre, which Jones had called a hoax.
— (South China Morning Post) (August 5) (Pocket)
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A Texas jury ordered Infowars’ Alex Jones to pay $49.3 million in total damages to the parents of a first-grader killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, which the conspiracy theorist falsely called a hoax orchestrated by the government in order to tighten U.S. gun laws.
— (Snopes) (August 5) (Pocket)
A jury ordered conspiracy theorist Alex Jones to pay more than $4 million to parents who lost their child in the Sandy Hook shooting. The award is far less than what the parents sought, but Mr. Jones may still pay millions more in punitive damages and in other lawsuits.
— (Christian Science Monitor) (August 5) (Pocket)
Republican primary voters in Kansas have chosen the incumbent secretary of state over a challenger who peddled election conspiracies in one of several primary races for a state's top state election official.
— (PBS) (August 3) (Pocket)
This week’s primaries showed how Donald Trump’s lies about the 2020 election have gripped Arizona Republicans. To learn why, we spoke with a reporter who has deeply covered the state.
— (New York Times) (August 5) (Pocket)
The QAnon conspiracy theory falsely claims that former President Donald Trump fought a hidden war against a cabal of Satanist pedophiles in Hollywood and the Democratic Party while he was in the White House. Believers in the conspiracy theory's ridiculous assertions originating back in 2017 continue to infect the body politic, and that could have serious ramifications as the midterm elections draw closer.
— (CNET) (July 30) (Pocket)
For months, conspiracy theories fueled on social media by those repeating lies about former President Donald Trump’s loss in 2020 inflamed public suspicions about whether election results could be trusted. In response, the commission put a remarkable item on its agenda: Ditch the county’s voting machines and instead count every vote on every ballot — more than 20,000 in a typical general election — entirely by hand.
— (The Independent) (July 29) (Pocket)
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