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Alex Jones was fined over $1 billion for defaming Sandy Hook parents. I don't know the details, but I believe the essence of the case is that he claimed certain individuals were involved in a conspiracy.

Could Jones have avoided a lawsuit if he had prefaced his claims with any of the following?:

  1. I believe (so and so was part of a conspiracy).
  2. I think . . .
  3. In my opinion . . .
  4. Many people believe . . .
  5. There is evidence to suggest . . .

I thought these would all be protected as free speech, but I read somewhere that the words "in my opinion" are no defense against defamation lawsuits.

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