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Sandy Hook conspiracy theorist Alex Jones seeks re-trial in $965m case

Alex Jones, a conspiracy theorist from Sandy Hook, was this month ordered to pay $965m (PS854m), for falsely claiming that the victims of the Connecticut school shooting were actors. He is now seeking a retrial.

Right-wingers have claimed for years that the Newtown massacre was part of a government plot against Americans to get their guns.

A Connecticut jury decided earlier in October that Mr Jones should be compensated for damages to many families who claimed they were the victims of abusive comments, extreme emotional distress, rape, and death threats.

On Friday, Mr Jones asked a Connecticut judge for a remand. He claimed that Judge Barbara Bellis’ pre-trial rulings had led to an unfair trial and a “substantial miscarriage” of justice.

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“Additionally the amount of compensatory damages awarded exceeds any rational relation to the evidence at trial,” Jones’ lawyers, Norm pattis and Kevin Smith wrote in the motion.

Christopher Mattei was a lawyer representing the 15 plaintiffs in Jones’ lawsuit. He declined to comment.

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He said that he and other Sandy Hook attorneys planned to oppose Jones’ request.

Jones has admitted in recent years that the shooting actually took place. He then condemned the Texas-based Infowars trial and the lawsuits it brought as unjust and a violation to his freedom of speech rights.

Sandy Hook Elementary School was attacked and killed by twenty-six primary school students and six teachers on 14/12 2012.

Jones was sued by Jones and the families of the eight victims. Jones also responded to the shooting and spread the false narrative that it was a hoax.

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“Truth matters”: Sandy Hook families in verdict

In often-emotional testimony, victims’ families recounted how they were harassed and threatened for years by Jones’s fans.

Family members recounted being threatened with death and rape. Relatives shared their stories of how strangers came to their homes and recorded them. They also told them that they confronted them in public, threatened them with rape and made abusive comments about them on social media.

Jones and his company were ordered by a Texas jury to pay almost $50m (PS44m), in damages to the parents of a child who was killed in the massacre.

Two more Sandy Hook parents are expected to face a third trial in Texas over hoax claims.

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