The multi-million-dollar judgments in favor of the parents of a Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting victim who sued radio show host and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones come as no surprise, and won’t likely be reversed on the merits of the case, Harvard Law professor emeritus and author Alan Dershowitz said on Newsmax Saturday.
“Remember these are not public figures, so they don’t have to prove malice,” Dershowitz tells Newsmax’s “America Right Now.” “All they have to prove is that they were defamed through negligence or other ways, so I doubt that we’ll see a reversal on the merits.”
A Texas jury ruled Friday that Jones must pay Neil Heslin and Scarlett Lewis, the separated parents of 6-year-old Jesse Lewis, who was murdered in the 2012 shootings, $45.2 million in punitive damages in addition to the $4.1 million in compensatory damages that were already rewarded for falsely claiming that the massacre was a hoax.
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