US conspirator Alex Jones to stand trial in Connecticut
At the end of a first trial, Alex Jones had been ordered to compensate the parents of the victims of the Sandy Hook school (Archives).
American conspirator Alex Jones, already sentenced to pay nearly $ 50 million for denying a massacre in a school, risks seeing the bill increased during a second trial which opened on Tuesday 30 kilometers away. from the site of the drama.
A Connecticut court began proceedings in Waterbury, a half-hour drive from Sandy Hook School in Newton, where in 2012 a young man armed with a semi-automatic rifle killed 20 children and 6 adults.
The killing had sparked fear in the United States and reignited the debate on measures to regulate firearms sales.< /p>
Alex Jones, a well-known figure on the far right and follower of conspiracy theories, had, against all evidence, affirmed on his Infowars site that the massacre was only a staging piloted by opponents of the firearms, and that the grieving parents were actors.
Several victims then sued for defamation, claiming to be harassed by admirers of Alex Jones anxious to flush out the lie.
A couple, whose six-year-old son was mowed down in Sandy Hook, had filed a lawsuit in Texas, where Alex Jones is based. Eight other families, as well as a federal police officer, had seized Connecticut justice in parallel.
The conspirator had finally publicly admitted the reality of the killing. But he refused to cooperate with the courts, so magistrates in both states convicted him in absentia.
However, they had left it to jurors to set the sentence. At the end of the first trial, held this summer in Texas, Alex Jones was sentenced to pay a fine of $45.2 million and $4 million in damages.
The second, opened Tuesday in Connecticut, is to last five weeks and immediately gave rise to a very political pass of arms between the two camps.
One of the plaintiffs' lawyers, Chris Mattei, asked the jurors to make Alex Jones pay for what he did in minutes, hours, days, months and years after the worst thing that has ever happened to this community.
If you don't stop a stalker, they won't stop on their own, he said. he launched by citing a whole series of conspiracy theories hammered home by Alex Jones on Infowars.
You are being asked to do something that is not your mission, retorted the x27;defense attorney Norm Pattis. You are being asked to turn money into a political weapon, he continued, challenging the extent of the wrongs suffered by the plaintiffs.