Sandy Hook parents’ lawyer on jury weighing punitive damages in Alex Jones trial: ‘Get him out’

Alex Jones attempts to answer questions about his text messages posed by Mark Bankston, attorney for Neil Heslin and Scarlett Lewis, during the August 3, 2022 trial.Briana Sanchez/AP

  • A lawyer representing two Sandy Hook parents told the jury in Alex Jones’ trial to “get him out.”

  • “Alex Jones is patient zero for our society’s inability to speak without lying,” the attorney said.

  • The jury in Jones’ libel trial is assessing punitive damages against the Infowars founder.

“Put him out.”

That’s what a lawyer representing two Sandy Hook parents who sued Alex Jones for defamation over his false massacre ‘hoax’ claims asked a Texas jury on Friday as they weighed punitive damages against the founder of Infowars.

“Get him out of this talk of this misinformation, this traffic of lies and make sure he can’t do it again,” attorney Wesley Ball said of the far-right conspiracy theorist during his closing arguments. finals in Jones’ punitive damages phase. ‘ lawsuit for damages in defamation.

“I’m asking that with your verdict, you don’t just remove Alex Jones’ rig, you make sure he doesn’t rebuild the rig,” he added. “It’s punishment. It’s deterrence.”

The jury in the civil case on Thursday awarded $4.1 million in compensatory damages to plaintiffs Neil Heslin and Scarlett Lewis – the parents of 6-year-old Jesse Lewis, who was one of 26 killed in the massacre in Newtown, Connecticut in 2012.

Now the parents’ attorneys want the jury to force Jones to pay them $145.9 million in punitive damages – to reach $150 million in total damages, as they originally sought at the start of the two-week trial.

“Alex Jones is patient zero for our society’s inability to speak without lying,” Ball told the Travis County District Court jury. “He’s patient zero for alternate facts.”

“I hope we never see someone like him again,” Ball said, adding, “I hope with your verdict he can go away.”

Heslin and Lewis sued Jones and his media company, Free Speech Systems, for defamation for his lies about the mass shooting.

Jones has already been found liable by default in court in Texas and a court in Connecticut for his description of the rampage, which was the deadliest shooting at a K-12 school in American history.

Ball told the jury that while he is “incredibly grateful” they have already awarded $4.1 million to his clients because it is a sum that will change their lives “forever”, it “doesn’t affect anything about the life of Alex Jones”.

“Your verdict does not punish and it does not deter so far and that’s what this step is for,” Ball said.

Earlier on Friday, a forensic economist testified in the case and estimated the combined net worth of Jones and his media company to be between $135 million and $270 million.

Ball told the jury that the contents of Jones’ cellphone that was inadvertently sent to opposing counsel last month contained a text message from Jones saying he won $4 million in a week “years later.” that he was disconnected from social networks. sites.

“We know that everything the man said about the [witness] stand is practically a lie,” Ball said of Jones, who testified in his own defense at trial. “When he breathes, he lies.”

Jones’ defense attorney, F. Andino Reynal, on Friday asked the jury to return a “fair and proportionate” verdict, which he said was $270,000.

“You have already sent a message,” Reynal told the jury. “You sent a message for the first time to a talk show host, to all talk show hosts that their level of care needs to be different.”

The jury began deliberations on the matter.

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