Alex Jones in December 2017

Alex Jones in December 2017

Aaron Blake, Washington Post »

Trump allies spouting wild, baseless theories and otherwise taking our political discourse down misinformation rabbit holes are confronting consequences in court or otherwise facing bona fide legal penalties for their actions.

The question, as ever, is whether it will change anything — whether those penalties will serve as the deterrent they are supposed to be.

Right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones is the latest to be ordered to pay up by a court. As The Post’s Timothy Bella reported Friday, a judge ruled Jones was liable for all damages in lawsuits over his claims that the massacre of 20 schoolchildren and six others at Sandy Hook Elementary was a “false flag” and a “giant hoax.” The conspiracy theory has led to the harassment of the victims’ families.

Also waiting their official penalty (and potential penalties, plural) right now are two other pro-Trump right-wing provocateurs, Jacob Wohl and Jack Burkman.

Sidney Powell, Lin Wood and other lawyers were also ordered to pay the other side’s legal fees by a federal judge in Michigan — the requested amount is $204,000 — and could face other disciplinary measures too.

Trump lawyer Rudolph W. Giuliani had his law license suspended in New York and by the D.C. Court of Appeals for making similar allegations. Giuliani and Powell have also been joined by MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell, Fox News and other conservative outlets in being sued over claims that voting machines changed votes in 2020…

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