A former U.S. attorney has predicted that conspiracy theorist Alex Jones will likely be unable to financially get better for the remainder of his life, even when he tries to wiggle his way out of paying the $965 million a jury determined he owes to several relations of those killed within the 2012 Sandy Hook school shooting.
“It’s an old sorry tale that it’s one thing to get a verdict and one other thing to chase it,” Harry Litman, a former deputy assistant attorney general, said Wednesday on MSNBC. “You possibly can attach his assets. I’m sure there will likely be subsequent litigation where he’ll say ‘bankruptcy’ they usually’ll attempt to get forensic investigators and say he doesn’t have it.
“But we’re talking about such outsized numbers that even when he’s in a position to bob and weave some, I just don’t see how he winds up anything but principally broke now for the remainder of his life.”
On his Infowars show Wednesday, Jones mocked the jury’s verdict because it was being read. “Ain’t gonna be happening, ain’t no money,” he said, because the live news feed showed a plaintiff crying within the courtroom.
Jones then encouraged viewers to donate to him and guaranteed them the cash wouldn’t go to the victims’ families but to pay to appeal the choice and save his company.
Harry Litman reacts to jury ordering Alex Jones to pay nearly $1 billion to Sandy Hook families: “We’re talking about such outsized numbers that even when he’s in a position to bob and weave some, I just don’t see how he winds up anything but principally broke now for the remainder of his life.” pic.twitter.com/PvK90nm2UV
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Multiple relations of Sandy Hook victims, in addition to an FBI agent who responded to the 2012 shooting, sued Jones for his repeated lies that the massacre was a hoax. A Connecticut jury ruled on Wednesday that Jones must pay them a combined total of nearly $1 billion in damages, 10 years after a gunman killed 20 children and 6 adults at the varsity in Newtown, Connecticut.
Jones plans to appeal the decision. His company, Free Speech Systems, filed for bankruptcy protection in July through the early stages of one other trial in Texas that ultimately determined he must pay $45 million to the parents of a toddler killed within the Sandy Hook shooting.
In April, Jones filed to put three small business entities linked to his Infowars empire out of business protection. A Justice Department monitor flagged the move as a possible abuse of the federal bankruptcy system and an apparent effort to delay damages trials.