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Alex Jones scolded by judge

Alex Jones appeared in the Austin, Texas courtroom Tuesday after the jury heard testimony from the parents of the Sandy Hook children who were killed in 2012. Jones didn't appear in court until after the families spoke. The trial is to decide the amount that Jones must pay to the families after questioning the legitimacy of the mass shooting. The families spent years being attacked by conspiracy theorists motivated by Jones.

The InfoWars founder (now officially called InfoW, LLC), testified in court Tuesday afternoon after taking an oath to swear to tell the truth. It didn't go well. Ultimately, Judge Maya Guerra Gamble told the court staff that she was sending the jurors home after prosecutors took issue with Jones lying on the stand.

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Alex Jones’ many-splendored phone

A Texas jury awarded $45.2 million dollars in punitive damages Friday in a defamation suit brought by the parents of a murdered Sandy Hook elementary school student whom extremist conspiracy media baron Alex Jones smeared as a “crisis actor.”

This is on top of $4.1 million in compensatory damages awarded by the same jury earlier this week for Jones' relentless campaign against a dead 6-year-old and his family.

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Alex Jones opens a Pandora's box on Trump

Until Wednesday, Infowars founder and host Alex Jones seemed unfazed about the possibility of consequences. For years, the right-wing fabulist has been in a court battle with the parents of the young children murdered in the Sandy Hook massacre. The surviving parents are suing Jones for false claims that the school shooting never happened. Most people facing a lawsuit from such sympathetic plaintiffs would respond by showing humility and remorse. Jones, however, has turned this situation into a clown show by refusing court orders to turn over evidence, not showing up for trial, and going on air regularly to tell even more defamatory lies about the families and the judge presiding over the case.

He has good reason to believe shamelessness will work out for him. Through the power of bullshit, Alex Jones has evaded consequences for his actions for decades. His strategy is simple: Lie to the audience by claiming to be the victim of a vast conspiracy. This opens a fountain of loyalty and, crucially, money.

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What's next for conspiracy theorist Alex Jones

(Reuters) - A jury in Austin, Texas decided on Friday that U.S. conspiracy theorist Alex Jones must pay the parents of a child killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre $45.2 million in punitive damages for falsely claiming the shooting was a hoax, on top of a $4.1 million in compensatory damages.

Here are some of the other legal challenges Jones and his company now face.

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Trump panics and runs the Alex Jones playbook

There's a critical factor to keep in mind regarding the FBI raid of Mar-a-Lago, the resort hotel Donald Trump resides in Florida: Getting a federal warrant is not child's play.

As former federal prosecutor and current defense attorney Ken White noted in a lengthy Twitter thread following the raid, the "feds do not seek search warrants lightly." As White explained, such warrants generally require "probable cause to believe that the specified location has the specified evidence of a specified federal crime." This one, in particular, would have been combed over by multiple high-ranking authorities, including Attorney General Merrick Garland himself. Crucially, while we the public do not know the details of what is almost certainly one of the most careful and detailed warrants imaginable, Trump himself does, because the subject of the search is given the warrant.

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'Scum of the earth' Alex Jones slammed by former GOP strategist

On Thursday's edition of MSNBC's "Deadline: White House," former Republican strategist Tara Setmayer tore into far-right webcaster Alex Jones, who now faces a judgment against him for lying on his InfoWars platform, claiming that the Sandy Hook massacre was staged by the government with crisis actors.

"How do you see this being spun, and do you think that the Jones types, folks like him, will they learn something from this going forward?" asked commentator and former Republican National Committee chair Michael Steele.

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Jan. 6 committee now has Alex Jones texts

The Jan. 6 committee has received about two years' worth of text messages sent and received by conspiracy theorist Alex Jones.

The data was handed over to the House select committee by attorney Mark Bankston, who represented two Sandy Hook parents who won nearly $50 million in penalties in their defamation suit against Jones and received the contents of the phone after the right-wing broadcaster's lawyers mistakenly sent them, reported CNN.

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Alex Jones accuses judge of 'corruption' in the middle of ongoing trial

Alex Jones is deploying the curious tactic of going on the attack against the judge in his case as a jury in four lawsuits will decide how much Jones must give to the families of Sandy Hook victims.

Jones was sued for lying that the Sandy Hook massacre never happened and it was all fake. That prompted attacks from Jones' viewers, who would send threats, and other forms of attacking the families. In one case, the family of a victim was forced to move 12 times to escape the attacks.

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