Skip to comments.Jury awards Ventura $1.8M in defamation case
Posted on 07/29/2014 2:42:22 PM PDT by Olog-hai
A jury awarded former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura $1.8 million on Tuesday in his lawsuit against the estate of American Sniper author Chris Kyle.
On the sixth day of deliberations, the federal jury decided that the author of the 2012 best-selling book defamed Ventura in its description of a bar fight in California in 2006. Kyle, regarded as the deadliest military sniper in U.S. history, wrote that he decked a man whom he later identified as Ventura after the man allegedly said the Navy SEALs deserve to lose a few.
Ventura testified that Kyle fabricated the passage about punching him. Kyle said in testimony videotaped before his death last year that his story was accurate.
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I bet Pussy Ventura isn’t welcome anywhere.
The guy is a fake “wrassler”. How could anyone possibly damage his reputation?
I guess the jury found he was defamed not because he got decked but that Ventura said he never said the things Kyle said he’d said.
Disgusting. What a stupid jury and judge.
The Kyle side was willing to go with the split jury because Ventura was suing for $15 million. He got $1.8 million.
Since the trial, Kyle's books have picked up in sales and the movie will be coming out in 2015 (directed by Clint Eastwood with Bradley Cooper as Kyle). Taya Kyle will be making a LOT more money none of which Ventura can touch. His suit has been satisfied for a far smaller amount than he wanted and he cannot sue again.
This a-hole gets his fraudulent blood money, but the world knows he is a POS and Taya Kyle and her kids will be more than set for life.
He should be shunned anywhere and everywhere he shows his face!
Minnesota: elected idiotic comedian Al Franken as their US Senator, elected socialist Mark Dayton as their governor, elected former professional wrestler, Jesse Ventura as their governor and now a Minnesota jury has awarded millions to a buffoon in a law suit against the WIDOW of an American hero. Has Minnesota become the land of millions of idiots???
He also is a 9/11 conspiracy (George Bush, Dick Cheney, and Don Rumsfeld et al done it) theorist.
Yes. Ventura is a big-time “truther”.
Minnesota was the first state to declare transexuals a “protected class” in 1993, and for about eight years, they stood alone in that respect until Rhode Island followed their lead in 2001. So consider how long that state has been überliberal.
Totally bazaar and repulsive.
Ventura has made a living passing himself off as former Navy Seal. The truth of the matter is this loudmouth POS was never a Seal and was never in combat, something else he claims. The closest he came to combat was barroom brawls in Olongapo City.
Good post, thanks for putting things in perspective.
Still an outrageous jury decision.
Over the years, Minnesota has become a marxist and Islamic shithole, esp. Minneapolis.
It is a success story of how the Communist Party and other socialists infiltrated the state in the early part of the 1900’s (Democrat-Farm Labor Party, Socialist Party, CPUSA) and wormed their way into the very fabric of society.
Remember, it was their present Secy of State Mark Ritchie who helped Al Franken get the Senate seat in an election against Norman Coleman (votes wee tampered with enough to throw it to Franken via Ritchie).
Ritchie has documents ties to the Communist Party of Minnesota (see Trevor Loudon’s two books, “The Enemies Within” and “The Enemies Within: Communists, Marxists and Socialists in the US Congress”, www.pacificfreedom foundation.org, or Amazon.com.
Jesse Ventura is a used up conspiracy wacko who makes Ron Paul seem sane and that takes a lot of doing, folks.
Seems a lot of the state is acting just like him.
Yes, Ventura is a big-time “ TURD”
However, I can’t help but think if 11 witnesses backed up Kyle’s account and yet 8 jurors sided with Ventura, someone dropped the ball somewhere.
The best outcome would be what Ventura claims to have suffered most. Ventura will now and forever be a ‘pariah in the brotherhood and current and former SEALS.’
Not being connected to the military in any way, I can assure Jesse Ventura my loathing for him has nothing to do with Kyle’s claims. I thought he was a POS long before I even knew who Kyle was.
Jessy just became a target for every SEAL that walks buy to drop him with one punch.
Well since the lying SOB still claims to be a Seal himself, when it is a well established fact he was not a Navy Seal, he needs to be busted in his lying mouth.
Ventura regularly attended SEAL reunions and was even presented with an award at one. He was also a guest speaker at a BUD/S graduation ceremony while he was governor. There’s no way that would have happened if he was falsely claiming to be a SEAL.
Here’s what Brandon Webb, a former SEAL who isn’t fond of Ventura, wrote on the subject.
Ventura was an underwater demolition man who never served in combat. HE WAS NOT A SEAL. He attended Seal conventions because Underwater Demolition members are allowed to attend them. Eight years after Ventura left the Navy UDT were cross-trained into the Seals. Here’s a clip where he talks about going to Vietnam as a Seal. He never served in Vietnam and now admits it.
Here’s Chris Kyle talking about decking him.
If the SEALs thought he was misrepresenting himself, he never would have been allowed to attend those conventions, much less honored by them and by Naval Special Warfare.
Here’s what Brandon Webb, a former Navy SEAL who has no fondness for Ventura, said. I can find plenty of other similar statements by former SEALS:
Ive heard the speculation and gossip about Jesse Venturas Navy SEAL status and wanted to set the record straight. Jesse Ventura graduated with Basic Underwater Demolition Class 58 and, like it or not, he earned his status. Some say hes a UDT (Underwater Demolition Team), and not a SEAL, but thats bullshit.
Others have seen the flaw in this analogy, and mentioned in private SEAL forums, try telling that to a WWII UDT veteran who swam ashore before the landing craft on D-Day. The UDTs and SEALs are essentially one and the same. Its why the UDT is still part of the training acronym BUD/S (Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL).
Like it or not, Jesse Ventura is a Navy SEAL. He did the pushups and put up with the cold water, just like the rest of us.