Recently, InfoWars talk show host, Alex Jones, was ordered to pay $1 billion to the families of victims from the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting that occurred in 2012.
In the eyes of many people, this seemed like an absurdly high figure for essentially using free speech and making claims that are incorrect.
If you thought the ruling of $1 billion was exorbitant, well the families are now asking for additional punitive damages to be paid that could be as high as $2.75 trillion. Yes, trillion with a “t”.
For making the claim that the Sandy Hook shooting was a fake, false flag event, Jones now could have to pay several trillion dollars. He is known for claiming the families and first responders were “crisis actors” while the whole event was staged to attack gun rights.
For perspective, the sum they are asking for would be nearly a third of the Federal Reserve’s $8.7 trillion balance sheet or upwards of 40% of the federal government’s $6.27 trillion in spending so far this year. This nearly $3 trillion calculation is also greater than the gross domestic product of many European nations.
The original ruling of the $1 billion dollar settlement was predicated on Jones’ followers believing his theories and harassing the Sandy Hook families.
Apparently, Alex Jones also broke a Connecticut state law that bars the sale of products by making false statements, providing the basis for this new calculation. The potential fine that reaches into the trillions was determined by a $5,000 per violation fine multiplied by the nearly 550 million exposure on Jones’ social media following the shooting.
This was the largest possible calculation for the punitive damages as the families stated, “The only appropriate punitive damages award in this case is the largest award within the court’s power,” according to their lawyers.
However, Jones maintains that the trial was unfair and filed a motion to have a Connecticut judge throw out the verdict and order a new trial.
Jones claims that Judge Barbara Bellis’ pretrial rulings which prevented him from testifying about his political beliefs and his stance on the issue of free speech, prevented the jury from properly being informed.
Jones’ attorneys, Norm Pattis and Kevin Smith, stated in the motion that the resulting verdict was “both unjust and against the weight of the evidence”.
It remains unclear what Alex Jones’ net worth is exactly. Jones claims that he cannot afford any judgement over $2 million, while an economist testified in a Texas trial that his company, Free Speech Systems, could be valued anywhere from $135 to $270 million.
Regardless of where his net worth was, there is no way it comes anywhere close to a billion dollars, let alone several trillion.
Free Speech Systems, the parent company of InfoWars, was put on creditor protection earlier this year after a separate ruling in Texas where the jury awarded the Sandy Hook families nearly $50 million in damages.
However, this not deterring Alex Jones from continuing to use his influence and speak out as he recently did an interview with conservative commentator Jack Posobiec, discussing the prospects of nuclear war. Watch the video below.
Alex Jones tells Jack Posobiec about the risk of nuclear war:
"People are waking up, but that makes the establishment even more dangerous, and so everybody needs to be more engaged than ever." pic.twitter.com/PEeuRfN3if
— The Post Millennial (@TPostMillennial) October 23, 2022
It will be interesting to see what happens to Alex Jones and his platform after all of this litigation is settled.
Featured image is screenshot from embedded video.
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