Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Newtown: Hear statement in defamation suit

Waterbury, Conn. ( Associated Press) — A jury heard taped testimony from the husband of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting victim on Wednesday, the third day deliberating in the libel trial of the promoter of the Alex Jones conspiracy theories.

At the request of the jury, the session began with a recording of William Sherlach’s testimony during the trial. His wife, school psychologist Mary Sherlach, was killed in the 2012 massacre.

Last year, Jones and his company were found guilty of defamation. The task of a six-member jury is to determine how much should be paid to the victims’ families and an FBI agent for spreading the lie that the massacre did not take place.

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15 Plaintiffs testified about harassment at the hands of people convinced it was a theatrical play intended to promote gun control.

The jury must decide to award double damages to each plaintiff, one for defamation and the other for suffering. You must also decide whether punitive damages are justified; After that the judge will decide the amount.

Each compensation must be at least one dollar, but there is no limit. Lawyers for the plaintiffs have indicated that the awards could run into the hundreds of millions of dollars.

The plaintiffs are an FBI agent who was present at the scene and are relatives of the eight victims who were killed. In all, 20 children and six teachers died.

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Jones called the trial a “judicial farce”, an attack on freedom of expression, and called the judge “atrocious”. His lawyer has said that the amount to be paid should be minimum.

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