Alex Jones case…how is it defamatory to say a mass shooting didn’t occur? Crazy, sure. Untrue, sure. But defamatory? How were the parents damaged?

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Because their claim is not that he said that the shooting didn’t occur, the claim is that he said the parents are crisis actors who are lying about whether they had kids and whether the shooting occurred. It’s the statements directed at the parents.

If I say that Lee Harvey Oswald didn’t act alone, that’s not defamation. If I say Ted Cruz was Oswald’s accomplice, that might be defamation.

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I really hate when people spread these false rumors about Cruz for politics. He was the Zodiac killer, he had nothing to do with JFK.

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Well the liability issue is irrelevant because he defaulted and we didn’t get to see plaintiff prove up that part of the case.

This was not a special damages case, it was a general damages case. There weren’t economic damages, the plaintiffs bread and butter was the emotional pain and suffering they suffered by being called liars. He called them crisis actors that were participating in gov cover up. He said one of them was “on the spectrum” which I think is def per se. Doesn’t matter, he defaulted.

His statements about plaintiffs being liars resulted in having crazy followers harass the plaintiffs when they were just trying to grieve for their dead child. They lived in fear and had to alter their lifestyle etc. Jury said that emotional trauma was worth $4.1M. Punitive damages of $45.2M will be reduced per TX code to under $2M.

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I think the damages is clear. Years of his crazies following and harassing because they believed the parents were making up the kid’s death. And I think this is the implication in his claim as well. Thus the defamation. Not going to engage in a back and forth. But this is the crux of the case against him

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OP, your comment indicates that you are not getting the best or most complete information from whatever source you used. Even if you have to plug your nose, I recommend you broaden your reading material to include publications you wouldn’t normally read.

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Well it’s been going on since sandy hook…

There was also an IIED claim, which seems pretty clear

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