On Wednesday, a Connecticut judge ordered noted conspiracy theorist and podcast host Alex Jones to pay approximately $950,000,000 to the families of children killed during the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
Jones had claimed that the Sandy Hook shooting was staged, there were no deaths at the school and the news stories profiled crisis actors to propagate a false narrative with the goal of advancing liberal gun control and confiscation initiatives.
Family members of the victims successfully argued that Jones’ statements caused mental anguish and them to become targets of harassment.
Today, Jones decried the judge’s order, referring to it as “the devil coming after us.”
In an online rant after the verdict was read, Jones claimed he was the victim of a “show trial,” the proceedings were a “fraud” and the children’s parents were being “used” to advance a hidden agenda.
Jones also claimed he was “bankrupt” — though officials claim he is attempting to shield his wealth.
Regarding the unprecedented fines, Jones said: “Ain’t gonna be happening. Ain’t no money.”
Jones added: “Do these people actually think they’re getting any of this money?”
After reports surfaced that Jones allegedly transferred a $3 million home into his wife’s name in February and preemptively filed for bankruptcy, officials put Jones on notice, warning that he could be jailed if he attempted to “hide his assets.”
Jones reportedly also owns a $1.8 million vacation home.
A report in the Daily Mail noted that the 48-year-old Jones “is worth hundreds of millions.” The outlet added that though “InfoWars’ finances are not public,” testimony given during the trial noted Jones’ site brought in revenue of $165 million between 2016 and 2018.
After the ruling, Jones, the host of “Infowars,” broadcasted his reaction to the judgment against him and pleaded for more donations.
“Now remember, I’m in bankruptcy,” Jones told his listeners. “We’ve got two years of appeals. The money you donate does not go to these people. It goes to fight this fraud, and it goes to stabilize the company.”
“That’s why the analyst chasers did this,” Jones claimed. “Why they use these families.”
Jones mocked the judge’s ruling during his broadcast, calling the result “hilarious” and the proceedings a “total show trial.”
Jones’ lawyers announced their intention to appeal the Connecticut and Texas judgments against him.
Analysts have noted that during the proceedings, Jones’ online pleas to his followers brought in millions in donations, including $8 million in cryptocurrency.
Legal expert Richard Signorelli, a former assistant U.S. attorney in New York, said that Jones could not escape the assigned fines.
“These awards are NOT dischargeable in a personal bankruptcy [because] they are based on intentional conduct.”
Signorelli noted the verdict applies to both Jones and his Infowars LLC (Free Speech Systems): “Jones will be hounded for the rest of his days for payment and any efforts at hiding income/assets could be met with contempt sanctions including imprisonment.”
The plaintiffs in Wednesday’s ruling against Jones included more than a dozen relatives of twenty children and six staff members who died in the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in December 2012.
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