Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones ordered to pay $45 mn for false school shooting claims

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Washington (AFP) – A Texas jury ordered US conspiracy theorist Alex Jones on Friday to pay $45.2 million in punitive damages for falsely claiming that the deadly 2012 Sandy Hook elementary shooting was a “hoax.” The verdict came a day after the same jury awarded a couple whose child died at Sandy Hook $4.1 million in compensatory damages for the emotional stress caused by Jones broadcasting falsehoods for years on his InfoWars online and radio talk shows.¬† The huge sum ordered from Jones, who for years gathered a sizable following for his often outlandish conspiracy claims, vindicated the laws…

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