Judge upholds full $49 million jury award against Alex Jones in Texas

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AUSTIN, Texas (UKTN) — A Texas judge said Tuesday she will not reduce the nearly $50 million sentence against Alex Jones a jury handed down earlier this year over the Infowars host spreading false conspiracy theories about the Sandy Hook massacre Elementary School.

Since that August trial in Texas, other judgments against Jones in Connecticut have risen to a whopping $1.44 billion — setting up what experts say is likely a long battle for the Sandy Hook families to try and collect that money.

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Judge Maya Guerra Gamble’s decision in Texas is another defeat for Jones and notable because a state law has raised questions about the length of the sentence.

In most civil cases, Texas law limits how much defendants must pay in “exemplary” or punitive damages to twice the “economic damages” plus up to $750,000. But jurors are not made aware of this cap, and dazzling verdicts are often hacked by judges. But Gamble said she would file a judgment for the full amount.

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Jones could appeal and has already said he has little money to pay the damages. He said at the Connecticut trial that he has less than $2 million to his name, contradicting testimony at the Texas trial. Free Speech Systems, the parent company of Infowars, meanwhile is seeking bankruptcy protection.

Twenty children and six adults were killed in the shooting on December 14, 2012.

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