Texas Judge Maya Guerra Gamble ruled Tuesday that Jones should pay $45.2 million in punitive damages. Jury Prize Sandy Hook’s parents, Neil Heslin and Scarlett Lewis, ruled in August, despite state caps limiting that amount. I ruled that there is.
The verdict was ever-growing list Rulings and court cases that pile up Jones’ costs owed $1.4 billion and Another Connecticut Incident Brought to you by eight families of Sandy Hook victims and first responders.
After 26 people, including 20 children, were killed in the 2012 shootings, Jones arbitrarily claimed that the incident was a hoax and that family members and first responders were “crisis managers.” repeated.
Under Texas law leading to punitive damages, a plaintiff can recover up to twice the amount awarded for economic compensatory damages, plus up to $750,000. Jurors are not informed of this cap, and hasty verdicts are often reduced by judges.
However, Judge Gamble ruled that she would rule for the full amount.
Judge Gamble said, “There is no doubt that this is a rare instance. It continues to be a rare example of a defendant intentionally inflicting emotional harm in such an extraordinary manner that the victim has no other recourse.” hoping.
She added that the amount had to be high enough so that it was “not affordable” to deliberately reinflict this kind of emotional damage.
Attorneys for Jones said Infowars’ founders will appeal Tuesday’s decision. Reuters report.
Gamble also set a March 23, 2023 trial date for another defamation lawsuit against Jones by the father of 6-year-old Noah Posner, who died in the Sandy Hook shooting.
It’s unclear how much the bereaved family will get from Jones, who said he had little money to pay for the damages. filed for bankruptcy protection in July.
Earlier this week, Elon Musk said he would not restore Jones’ Twitter account, even though he allowed other banned individuals, including former President Donald Trump, to return to the platform. Musk, who lost his son, said he would have “no mercy” on “people who take advantage of their children’s deaths for profit, politics or prestige.”
— Oliver Darcy and Brian Fung contributed to the report.