The Germans have a word–schadenfreude–which is the feeling of happiness one gets from the misfortune of another. We’ve all got a little schadenfreude at the moment as a jury in Austin, Texas awarded the families of a child killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook elementary school massacre $45.2 million in punitive damages for his defamation of them and their lost child for consistently claiming the mass murder of 20 first graders and six teachers was a hoax, a government conspiracy and/or a false-flag event.
The conspiracy theorist is looking at nearly $50 million for his Sandy Hook lies when the $4.1 million in compensatory damages is added to his total bill. However this may be reduced due to vagaries in Texas civil law that limit punitive damages. And he’s facing at least three other defamation trials for his Sandy Hook ramblings. Enjoy the schadenfreude.