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Alex Jones made $232,000 in just one day from Sandy Hook claims

Alex Jones pocketed more than $230,000 in one day by claiming the 2012 Sandy Hook elementary school massacre was a hoax, lawyers for the victims’ families said Tuesday at the start of the second defamation trial against the conspiracy theorist.

The windfall came in 2014 when Jones’ Infowars website published a story claiming the FBI said no one died in the shooting that killed 26 children and teachers, attorney Christopher Mattei said during the opening statement, reported the News Times.

The right-wing presenter “hunted people who are helpless,” Mattei told the jury in Waterbury, Connecticut.

The new trial follows a lawsuit filed by the parents of some of the young Sandy Hook victims, who allege Jones’ repeated lies that the horrific massacre never happened caused them significant pain and suffering.

A jury of three men and three women will decide how much Jones owes to the families of the eight victims, plus an FBI agent who answered the Newtown school.

Alex Jones.
Last month, Alex Jones was blamed for spreading wild claims about the shootings in another Sandy Hook trial in Texas.
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Last month, Jones was found liable for spreading wild claims about the shootings in another Sandy Hook trial in Texas, awarding nearly $50 million in damages to grieving parents after years of exposure to the gruesome allegations .

Jones, 48, now claims he accepts the shooting happened.

But Mattei said Tuesday that Jones was nothing but a bully, dragging elementary school parents through a nightmare of pain and fear.

“If you don’t stop a bully, a bully will never stop himself,” he told the jury.

Mattei said Jones and employees at his Infowars brand “knew the harassment was happening, but the lies were too profitable.”

Jones repeatedly preached to his audience that the shooting that killed 26 children and educators less than 20 miles from the courtroom never really happened.

Families from Sandy Hook arrive together at Waterbury Superior Court on Tuesday morning.
Families from Sandy Hook arrive together at Waterbury Superior Court on Tuesday morning.
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Gunman Adam Lanza, who killed his mother Nancy before the massacre, later took his own life when police arrived, authorities said.

During his opening statement, Jones’ attorney told the jury that attorneys for the Sandy Hook families were more anxious to make a political statement.

“This trial is not a cultural commentary,” said attorney Norm Pattis. “It took 35 minutes for the word ‘damage’ to even appear.

“They turned money into a political weapon in this process,” Pattis said.

Connecticut State Police lead a line of children at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut on Friday, December 14, 2012.
Connecticut State Police lead a number of children from Sandy Hook Elementary School after the December 14, 2012 mass shooting.
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Jones was not in the courtroom Tuesday for the start of the trial, which is expected to last about four weeks, officials said.

With postal wires

https://nypost.com/2022/09/13/alex-jones-made-232k-off-sandy-hook-claims-in-just-one-day/ Alex Jones made $232,000 in just one day from Sandy Hook claims

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