Oct 22, 2022 - World

Jones requests new trial, says last one led to "miscarriage of justice"

InfoWars founder Alex Jones speaks to the media outside Waterbury Superior Court during his trial on Sept. 21, 2022, in Waterbury, Connecticut. Photo: Joe Buglewicz/Getty Images

Far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones is seeking a new trial after a jury ordered him earlier this month to pay the families of Sandy Hook school shooting victims $965 million in damages for falsely claiming the massacre was a hoax.

Driving the news: In a motion filed Friday, Jones asked a Connecticut judge to throw out the verdict against him and his company, and to order a new trial.

  • He claimed Judge Barbara Bellis' pretrial rulings resulted in an unfair trial and that jurors were presented with "half-truths," leading to "a substantial miscarriage of justice."

What they're saying: His attorneys, Norm Pattis and Kevin Smith, wrote in the motion that the verdict is "both unjust and against the weight of the evidence."

  • "Additionally, the amount of the compensatory damages award exceeds any rational relationship to the evidence offered at trial," they said.

Catch up quick: Jones, primarily through his website and radio show Infowars, falsely claimed for years the shooting was a "false flag" operation planned by the government using "crisis actors" to undermine gun rights, Axios' Jacob Knutson reports.

  • Jones admitted during a Texas trial in August that he believes the shooting was "100% real."
  • That trial was the first time he was held financially liable for spreading conspiracy theories about the mass shooting.
  • He has since been found liable in other defamation lawsuits from family members of Sandy Hook victims.

By the numbers: The nearly $1 billion October verdict comes on top of another $49.3 million in damages a Texas jury ordered Jones to pay to the parents of a 6-year-old boy killed at Sandy Hook.

  • Additionally, he was ordered to pay $4.1 million in compensatory damages to the parents of the 6-year-old.
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