It has been a wild week in the defamation trial of conspiracy theorist Alex Jones. That includes the Sandy Hook parents directly confronting Jones, the judge repeatedly lecturing at him about lying and Wednesday’s revelation that Jones’ attorneys accidentally sent all of his texts and emails to the opposing attorneys.
For years, the extremist right-wing host has accused victims of the 2012 school massacre of being actors, and claimed the attack was a “false flag” event perpetrated by the government to push gun control. It is just one of the dozens of conspiracy theories he promotes on his platforms on a regular basis. The families of some of the Sandy Hook victims are suing him for defamation and damages for years of harassment and abuse they have faced from followers of Jones.
We are devoting this episode to the trial, as a Texas jury now considers whether Jones should pay Sandy Hook families up to $150 million for the emotional distress and reputational harm caused by his false claims.
Adam Klasfeld, the managing editor of Law and Crime, is covering the trial and joined Mo News as our guest for the full episode. We discuss the latest dramatic developments and what comes next for Jones and the families.
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Mosheh Oinounou (@mosheh) is an Emmy and Murrow award-winning journalist. He has 20 years of experience at networks including Fox News, Bloomberg Television and CBS News, where he was the executive producer of the CBS Evening News and launched the network's 24 hour news channel. He founded the @mosheh Instagram news account in 2020 and the Mo News podcast and newsletter in 2022.
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