Jurors concluded their first full day of deliberations with out reaching a verdict Friday in a trial to find out how a lot conspiracy theorist Alex Jones ought to pay for spreading the lie that the 2012 Sandy Hook School taking pictures was a hoax.
Jurors are scheduled to return Tuesday. After deliberating simply briefly Thursday afternoon, the panel obtained again to enterprise Friday with a request for a dry-erase easel, markers, an eraser and a duplicate of the jury directions.
Last 12 months, Jones was discovered chargeable for damages. The jury’s activity is to determine how a lot Jones and his firm Free Speech Systems ought to pay to relations of eight Sandy Hook victims and to an FBI agent who responded to the bloodbath.
The plaintiffs testified they’ve been tormented and threatened by individuals who believed that one of many deadliest faculty shootings in U.S. historical past was a con staged to construct help for gun restrictions. Jones repeatedly publicized that false notion on his “Infowars” present.
Twenty kids and 6 adults have been killed when a gunman stormed Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, on Dec. 14, 2012.
Jones testified within the trial, saying he was “done saying I’m sorry” for calling the college taking pictures a hoax. His legal professionals have argued that he’s not chargeable for the deeds of anybody who tormented the victims’ households and that they’re overstating how a lot hurt the conspiracy concept brought on them.
Outside courtroom, Jones has bashed the trial as a “kangaroo court” that goals to stomp on his free speech rights and put him out of enterprise.
In an identical trial in Texas in August, a jury ordered Jones to pay practically $50 million in damages to the dad and mom of one of many kids killed within the taking pictures, due to the hoax lies.