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Jury says it can't reach unanimous verdict in Ventura trial
Star Tribune ^ | 7-28-14 | Randy Furst

Posted on 07/28/2014 11:55:43 AM PDT by windcliff

The jury in the defamation lawsuit brought by former Gov. Jesse Ventura informed the judge Monday that they can’t reach a verdict, but the judge instructed them to keep trying.

“We have not reached a unanimous decision,” the jury wrote in a note to U.S. District Judge Richard Kyle, who read it aloud at a noon hearing with the jury and attorneys in the courtroom.

“We feel we will not come to a unanimous decision,” the note said.

But Kyle told the 10 jurors to “give it one more shot” and asked them to resume deliberations, noting that his instructions required a unanimous verdict.

None of the jurors spoke at the hearing, and they looked grim-faced and downcast before filing out to return to the jury room.

After the jury left the courtroom, Kyle told attorneys for both sides seated at their counsel tables to “stay close. This might not be a long afternoon.”

Jurors have been deliberating since Tuesday afternoon, for a total of about 27 and a half hours, in the suit filed by Ventura claiming that the late Navy SEAL Chris Kyle fabricated an account of a 2006 bar fight in his bestselling book, “American Sniper.”

(Excerpt) Read more at startribune.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: chriskyle; jury

1 posted on 07/28/2014 11:55:43 AM PDT by windcliff
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To: windcliff

Jesse must have bought one of the jurors.


2 posted on 07/28/2014 12:01:57 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("The man who damns money obtained it dishonorably; the man who respects it earned it." --Ayn Rand)
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To: windcliff
Jesse Ventura is a first class douche bag
3 posted on 07/28/2014 12:02:20 PM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: windcliff

Some AJ worshipping dummy on the jury just can’t let it go that Ventura is lying.


4 posted on 07/28/2014 12:03:08 PM PDT by Bogey78O (We had a good run. Coulda been great still.)
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To: windcliff

This jerks macho pride is hurt and this jury can’t decide whether someones WIDOW needs to be held accountable. I have no response but to sigh.


5 posted on 07/28/2014 12:03:18 PM PDT by thorvaldr
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To: windcliff

Someone explain something to me. It is my understanding that Kyle did not identify Ventura by name in the book. If that is true how can he possibly claim defamation? Why is this case even being heard?


6 posted on 07/28/2014 12:11:00 PM PDT by slumber1 (Moderation is overrated)
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To: slumber1

I’m having this same problem. I read the book. I wouldn’t have known Kyle was talking about Boa Boi if Boa Boi hadn’t made a big stink about it.


7 posted on 07/28/2014 12:20:02 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (America is not a refugee camp! It is my home!!!)
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To: TexasCajun

I was thinking the same thing.

He’s a 9/11 truther, he’s openly disparaged those who fought in Iraq (and apparently got punched for it one time) and he evidently finds no problem with harassing the widow of a fallen national hero.

It doesn’t get much scummier than that. Where has his honor gone? Apparently he was a SEAL too; at some point in his life he must have had some concept of honor.

That a Navy SEAL could be so without honor boggles my mind...


8 posted on 07/28/2014 12:20:33 PM PDT by FourtySeven (47)
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To: slumber1

In an on air interview, he later identified “scruff face” (as he referred to him in the book) as Ventura.


9 posted on 07/28/2014 12:20:51 PM PDT by jurroppi1 (The only thing you "pass to see what's in it" is a stool sample. h/t MrB)
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To: slumber1
I thought the “assault” happened on the West Coast.
Why is the trial in Minneapolis ?
10 posted on 07/28/2014 12:21:04 PM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (Rip it out by the roots.)
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To: jurroppi1

Did it happen as Ventura says or not? Seems everyone commenting here is basing their view on emotional perspective of who they do or do not like.


11 posted on 07/28/2014 12:29:42 PM PDT by gunsequalfreedom (Conservative is not a label of convenience. It is a guide to your actions.)
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To: TexasCajun

I disagree! Third class at best :)


12 posted on 07/28/2014 12:29:59 PM PDT by pogo101
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To: gunsequalfreedom

Very fair point, but (1) the reported evidence strongly leaned against Ventura’s allegations, and (2) some of the commenters may be factoring #1 into their negative statements.


13 posted on 07/28/2014 12:31:07 PM PDT by pogo101
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To: jurroppi1

Thanks for the info. I’ll bet though more people know about it due to Ventura’s lawsuit than ever heard the on air interview


14 posted on 07/28/2014 12:35:04 PM PDT by slumber1 (Moderation is overrated)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks
I thought the “assault” happened on the West Coast. Why is the trial in Minneapolis ?

It did. But the rule in most states is that an alleged defamation occurs in every state in which that defamation is published, and the SEAL's book was a national seller. So Ventura (calling himself "Governor Jesse Ventura" in the complaint -- not joking) sued in Minnesota.

15 posted on 07/28/2014 12:35:52 PM PDT by pogo101
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To: FourtySeven

“It doesn’t get much scummier than that. Where has his honor gone? Apparently he was a SEAL too; at some point in his life he must have had some concept of honor.

That a Navy SEAL could be so without honor boggles my mind...”

Ventura was never a Navy SEAL. He was UDT.


16 posted on 07/28/2014 12:36:41 PM PDT by spel_grammer_an_punct_polise (Why does every totalitarian political hack think that he knows how to run my life better than I do?)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks
I thought the “assault” happened on the West Coast.
Why is the trial in Minneapolis ?

Because the case isn't about the "assault", but about the butt-hurt Pussy Ventura claims he received as a result of the story written about him, even though the book doesn't identify him by name.

Pussy Ventura is a resident of MN, and brought the suit in MN, thus the Minneapolis location.

17 posted on 07/28/2014 12:36:45 PM PDT by IYAS9YAS (Has anyone seen my tagline? It was here yesterday. I seem to have misplaced it.)
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To: windcliff

I wonder if the jury is deadlocked on the issue of liability or damages.


18 posted on 07/28/2014 12:43:35 PM PDT by circlecity
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To: windcliff

.........I think this creep Ventura has an appeal problem anyway. As a motor is to a car the statement “what are your damages?” is to the civil legal system in the US. If there are no damages there is no case and the trial judge normally, pursuant to such a finding, throw the whole case in the garbage can.

How could “Jesse the creep” as he is known world-wide have ANY claim that Kyle destroyed his reputation? What reputation was there to destroy!

I say he loses on appeal even IF he wins in the trial court.

Next: The jury could find for him but give him zero damages. AND, the judge could throw out ANY verdict or ANY jury award. So, Jesse is a long way from spending any of Kyle’s money.


19 posted on 07/28/2014 12:58:07 PM PDT by Cen-Tejas (it's the debt bomb stupid!)
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To: windcliff

They can’t decide? There must have been an agreement to borrow some of those emptyheaded jurors who last week awarded a over $26. BILLION DOLLARS to a cigarette smoker’s widow.


20 posted on 07/28/2014 1:03:16 PM PDT by lee martell
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To: IYAS9YAS

I thought he was living in and a resident of Mexico.
At one point, he claimed to be living down in Baja...


21 posted on 07/28/2014 1:17:27 PM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (Rip it out by the roots.)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks
At one point, he claimed to be living down in Baja...

Yeah, something like that, but IIRC, he maintains a residence in MN.

22 posted on 07/28/2014 1:23:58 PM PDT by IYAS9YAS (Has anyone seen my tagline? It was here yesterday. I seem to have misplaced it.)
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To: windcliff
Jurors have been deliberating since Tuesday afternoon, for a total of about 27 and a half hours...

Geez, 27 hours? It's not a murder trial. maybe the judge should declare a mistrial (or whatever is declared in civil cases when the jury cannot reach a verdict).

By the way, I'm pretty sure that in Virginia, cases such as this do not require a unanimous verdict.

23 posted on 07/28/2014 2:04:39 PM PDT by WayneS (Don't blame me, I voted for Kodos.)
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To: windcliff

You look at the past history of this guy and the fact he is suing a widow and the children of the guy he says slandered him makes me say he is guilty and deserved to be punched.


24 posted on 07/28/2014 3:53:59 PM PDT by minnesota_bound
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To: windcliff

Nothing has defamed Jesse the scumbag more than him filing this lawsuit.


25 posted on 07/28/2014 4:02:50 PM PDT by MileHi
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To: slumber1

No doubt. This is the first I’ve heard of it.


26 posted on 07/28/2014 8:51:21 PM PDT by jurroppi1 (The only thing you "pass to see what's in it" is a stool sample. h/t MrB)
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