Parents of Sandy Hook Victims Ask for $150 Million Dollars From Alex Jones in Trial

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By Savannah Moss
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Mark Bankston, the lawyer of the parents of a child killed in the Sandy Hook school shooting, told a jury Alex Jones should pay $150 million dollars to them for claiming the death of their child was a hoax and the parents were complicit. This is the first time the family of Sandy Hook victims asked for a specific number in regards to suffering when it comes to the false claims Alex Jones and his broadcast on Infowars caused.

Jones has made claims about Sandy Hook being a government hoax in order to justify outlawing guns. The families sued Jones for defamation and won, and now three trials will continue to decide how much money Jones should be given. Jones, who believes this is a violation of his first amendment, was upset with the number given, and called the trials a “Constitution-destroying, absolute, total and complete travesty.”

Bankston justified the number in the trial, noting Jones’ claims were “the most despicable and vile campaign of defamation and slander in American history.” The parents of one of the children killed in the shooting, Neil Heslin and Scarlett Lewis, are set to testify about the damage caused by the lie Jones told where he claimed Heslin’s recollection of cradling his son’s body was fake. As such, the family has suffered harassment and threats.

With how sensitive the topic is, and heartbreaking it is to imagine a family grieving as they deal with threats that the death of their child was a hoax, many online are hoping Jones will have to pay a high fee. The Sandy Hook families have also noted how their goal goes much farther than money or restitution, as started by the New York Times “They want the trials to alert Americans to the mounting damage done to vulnerable people and civic life by viral political lies.”