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The gunman who opened fire and killed five people in the Capital Gazette newsroom in Annapolis, Maryland, in June 2018 was found criminally responsible on Thursday, with a jury rejecting defense attorneys’ mental illness arguments.

Why it matters: Jarrod Ramos could be sentenced to spend the rest of his life in prison after a jury determined in less than 90 minutes that he was sane at the time of the shooting. It's deemed "one of the deadliest attacks on American journalists in the country’s history," the New York Times writes.

Details: 41-year-old Ramos pleaded guilty to 23 charges in 2019.

  • The trial began June 29 when the defense asserted that Ramos was not criminally responsible. Prosecutors argued that because he plotted the shooting, he was mentally competent and able to conform his actions to meet legal standards.
  • Of note: The jury's decision means Ramos will be sentenced to prison, rather than a maximum-security mental health facility.

Our thought bubble, via Axios' Selene San Felice — a survivor of the shooting who testified at the trial last week: The verdict and its swift delivery is a huge relief, but the survivors and family of those who died are all still in so much pain.

  • To say this trial reopened a wound is a massive understatement. Don’t just read this news and move on. Do something to prevent the next mass shooting. Show compassion for the people affected by gun violence. Stop letting people like my friends die. And don’t let people like me feel forgotten.

Catch up quick: Ramos shot five people roughly three years ago.

  • In July 2011, a Capital Gazette columnist covered a criminal harassment case filed against Ramos. He then filed a defamation lawsuit in 2012 against Capital Gazette Communications and multiple employees. It was dismissed as groundless.

Editor's note: The story has been updated to reflect that Ramos has not yet been sentenced.

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Judge orders Alex Jones to pay damages to Sandy Hook families

Alex Jones during a Stop the Steal rally of far-right leaders at the Governor's Mansion in Georgia on Nov. 19, 2020. Photo: Zach Roberts/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones is responsible for all damages in two lawsuits instigated after he falsely called the Sandy Hook shooting a "giant hoax," a Texas judge ruled this week.

Why it matters: This is Jones' latest defeat in defamation lawsuits related to his false claims about the 2012 mass shooting. Nine families have filed suit against him since he first started making the unsubstantiated conspiracy theories, per the Washington Post.

Biden says Russia likely to invade Ukraine

President Biden addressed the brewing conflict between Russia and Ukraine during a press briefing Wednesday, saying of Russian President Vladimir Putin, "my guess is he will move in."

Why it matters: U.S. officials have issued a series of warnings about Russia's threatening military buildup on the border with Ukraine, with Secretary of State Antony Blinken saying in Kyiv earlier Wednesday that Russia could invade "on very short notice."

Biden challenges GOP agenda: "What are Republicans for?"

President Biden pushed back against Republican efforts to obstruct his agenda during a press conference Wednesday, asking "What are Republicans for?"

Why it matters: Biden's speech comes as he approaches one year in office, facing low polling numbers and a stalled agenda.