A California woman who tweeted about a hive-mind conspiracy theory about the assassination of former President John F. Kennedy, saying she thought the conspiracy theory was “a great one” was ordered by a federal court to pay $5,000 in damages to the widow of the slain woman.
Mary Jane Smith was ordered Thursday by a U.S. District Court judge to pay the widow $1.7 million, after she argued that the conspiracy theories she made about the Kennedy assassination, and other conspiracy theories, were libelous and had caused her financial harm.
She is the widow and sister of the late John F., who was assassinated in Dallas in 1963.
Smith sued the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office in March 2016 alleging defamation and false light.
She also claimed that she had suffered emotional distress and lost employment because of her actions.
Smith, 56, has been married for 32 years and has five children.
Her husband died in March 2017.