The Sandy Hook libel trial against Alex Jones is finally set to begin in Texas

AUSTIN, Texas — Jury selection is slated for Monday in a trial that will determine, for the first time, how much Infowars host Alex Jones must pay Sandy Hook Elementary School’s parents for falsely telling his audience that the deadliest classroom shooting in US history was a hoax.

The trial in Austin, Texas — where the conspiracy theorist lives and airs his show — follows months of delays. Jones has imposed fines for disobeying court orders and placed Infowars in bankruptcy protection just before the trial was originally scheduled to begin in April.

Another potentially serious financial blow is at stake for Jones, one that could put his constellation of conspiracy corporations in greater jeopardy. He has already been banned from YouTube, Facebook and Spotify for violating hate speech guidelines.

The trial of the parents of two Sandy Hook families is just the beginning for Jones; other families of the 2012 Newtown, Connecticut massacre have yet to be awarded damages in separate defamation cases.

The lawsuits do not ask the jury to award Jones any dollar amount.

Courts in Texas and Connecticut have already found Jones liable for defamation for his portrayal of the Sandy Hook massacre as a hoax using actors to increase gun control. In both states, judges have entered default judgments against Jones without a trial for failing to respond to court orders and turn over documents.

The 2012 shooting killed 20 first graders and six preschool teachers. Families of eight of the victims and an FBI agent who responded to the school are suing Jones and his company, Free Speech Systems.

Jones has since admitted the shooting took place. During an April affidavit, Jones insisted he was not responsible for the suffering Sandy Hook’s parents say they have suffered as a result of the hoax conspiracy, including death threats and harassment from Jones’ supporters

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“No, I take no responsibility for not trying to cause pain and suffering,” Jones said, according to transcripts released this month. He continued, “They are being used and their children, who cannot be brought back, are being used to destroy the First Amendment.”

Jones claimed in court filings last year that he had a negative net worth of $20 million, but attorneys for Sandy Hook families have painted a different financial picture.

Court records show that Jones’ Infowars store, which sells nutritional supplements and survival gear, made more than $165 million between 2015 and 2018. Jones has also urged listeners to his Infowars program to donate money.

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/alex-jones-sandy-hook-defamation-trial-set-finally-begin-texas-rcna39779 The Sandy Hook libel trial against Alex Jones is finally set to begin in Texas

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