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Jesse Ventura wins $1.8million defamation suit against estate of.. Chris Kyle
Dail Mail UK ^ | July 29, 2014 | AP Reporter

Posted on 07/29/2014 1:10:22 PM PDT by CivilWarBrewing

A Minnesota jury has awarded former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura $1.8 million 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 2012 best-selling book defamed Ventura in its description of a bar fight in California in 2006.

Kyle 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.'

(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


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Jesse Ventura is scum. I wonder if he's an operative of our hi-jacked government, and if he's the mastermind of Kyle's assassination. Go ahead and sue me, Ventura, you piece of human filth.
1 posted on 07/29/2014 1:10:22 PM PDT by CivilWarBrewing
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To: CivilWarBrewing

While I’m not a fan of jury nullification, this makes me a fan of jury annihilation.


2 posted on 07/29/2014 1:13:56 PM PDT by wideawake
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To: CivilWarBrewing

The trial should not have taken place in Minnesota.


3 posted on 07/29/2014 1:15:30 PM PDT by Carthego delenda est
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To: CivilWarBrewing

Does he think this shameful act of robbing a widow and her children enhances his sorry reputation? What was that stupid jury thinking?


4 posted on 07/29/2014 1:16:12 PM PDT by txrefugee
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To: CivilWarBrewing

I’m surprised, given the media accounts I read summarizing key testimony. Things did not seem to be going well for Janos (”Ventura”). Juries can be very unpredictable!

Here is hoping for a remittitur.

Even if not, though, Ventura destroyed what little was left of his rep by bringing the suit — AND then choosing to continue it after the book’s author died.

“Ain’t got time to bleed”? I ain’t got time to care about “Ventura” ever again. I thank him for his service, but that’s it.


5 posted on 07/29/2014 1:16:57 PM PDT by pogo101
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did this woman protect her money ? hopefully he doesn’t see a dime.


6 posted on 07/29/2014 1:17:15 PM PDT by snowstorm12
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To: CivilWarBrewing
It's one thing to go after a Navy Seal, but it takes a low-class slime-ball putz to go after that Seal's widow and children.

Kyle's attorney should be disbarred for allowing an 8-2 verdict to stand!

One has to have character to be defamed.

Jesse, you turd, have none!

7 posted on 07/29/2014 1:18:08 PM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: CivilWarBrewing
What a jerk.

After Kyle died, Ventura named his widow defendant.

Ventura attorney David Bradley Olsen said he believes Kyle's estate has earned more than $6 million from the book, and suggested that $5 million to $15 million would be reasonable compensation for what he said was irreparable harm to Ventura reputation.

8 posted on 07/29/2014 1:18:33 PM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: CivilWarBrewing

JV is a punk!


9 posted on 07/29/2014 1:19:06 PM PDT by Balata (Obama's Executive Branch = Low Information Executive Service = LIES)
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To: snowstorm12

I think Glenn Beck and others got legal help for her so that her estate is somewhat protected.


10 posted on 07/29/2014 1:20:50 PM PDT by codder too
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To: 1010RD
...irreparable harm to Ventura reputation....

Well, this will certainly help restore his rep.

/s

11 posted on 07/29/2014 1:20:59 PM PDT by edpc (Wilby 2016)
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To: CivilWarBrewing

There will be an appeal. This isn’t over by a long shot.


12 posted on 07/29/2014 1:20:59 PM PDT by DJ Taylor (Once again our country is at war,and once again the Democrats have sided with our enemy.)
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To: txrefugee

Lawyers pick the dumbest, most un-informed jurors during the jury selection process. It is very easy to get out of long jury duty trials by saying “punishment of criminals is too lenient in this country”. No defense lawyer will select you, and you will be excused from any long trial.


13 posted on 07/29/2014 1:21:03 PM PDT by entropy12 (Obummer = worst & dumbest president ever, any republican would be much better.)
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To: 1010RD
irreparable harm to Ventura reputation.

Nothing compared to the harm this boneheaed lawsuit does to his reputation.

14 posted on 07/29/2014 1:21:20 PM PDT by Fido969 (What's sad is most)
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To: TexasCajun

The only way Ventura would have any chance of being honorable would be to give all the money back to the widow and pay for the lawsuit expenses on her side.

Of course Ventura wouldn’t have put the lawsuit on her if he was honorable in the first place.


15 posted on 07/29/2014 1:21:41 PM PDT by GraceG (No, My Initials are not A.B.)
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To: CivilWarBrewing
From Wikipedia on "Jesse Ventura:"
There had been reports that officials from the Libertarian Party have tried to persuade Ventura to run for the presidency on a Libertarian ticket although the party chairman Mark Hinkle said, "Jesse is more interested in 2016 than he is in 2012. But I think he's serious. If Ron Paul ran as a Libertarian, I think he definitely would be interested in running as a vice presidential candidate. He's thinking, ‘If I run as the vice presidential candidate under Ron Paul in 2012, I could run as a presidential candidate in 2016."...Ventura gave his support to Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson on June 12, 2012, whom Ventura argued was the choice for voters who “really want to rebel.”



16 posted on 07/29/2014 1:21:57 PM PDT by familyop ("Dry land is not just our destination, it is our destiny!" - -Deacon character, "Waterworld")
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FReepers Let's go!


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17 posted on 07/29/2014 1:22:06 PM PDT by RedMDer (May we always be happy and may our enemies always know it. - Sarah Palin, 10-18-2010)
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To: CivilWarBrewing

This is evil.


18 posted on 07/29/2014 1:22:57 PM PDT by Menehune56 ("Let them hate so long as they fear" (Oderint Dum Metuant), Lucius Accius (170 BC - 86 BC))
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To: CivilWarBrewing

FUJV!!


19 posted on 07/29/2014 1:23:43 PM PDT by Jim Robinson (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God!!)
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To: CivilWarBrewing

FUJV!! Pencil neck bastard!!


20 posted on 07/29/2014 1:24:21 PM PDT by Jim Robinson (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God!!)
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To: 1010RD
Ventura attorney David Bradley Olsen said he believes Kyle's estate has earned more than $6 million from the book, and suggested that $5 million to $15 million would be reasonable compensation for .. Ventura reputation.

What reputation? Oh, the loser, lowlife one? It'd take more than that to *repair* this miserable excuse for a human's reputation...and not 1¢ should come from Kyle's estate/family. Not 1¢.

21 posted on 07/29/2014 1:25:33 PM PDT by Jane Long ("And when thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, LORD, will I seek")
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To: CivilWarBrewing

Who the heck was picked for that jury...total idiots? Where is this widow supposed to come up with that kind of money? If Ventura had an ounce of decency he would refuse the award and be a real hero, but I’m certain he will happily leave this widow destitute.


22 posted on 07/29/2014 1:26:49 PM PDT by The Great RJ
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To: CivilWarBrewing

This makes my blood boil. What a subhuman sleazebag.

If he thinks his name was tarnished by Kyle before, this is a far worse PR hit. Suing the family of a dead war hero, really? Doesn’t get any lower than that.


23 posted on 07/29/2014 1:27:36 PM PDT by nhwingut (This tagline for lease)
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To: txrefugee

Ventura has always been a self-aggrandizing piece of crap. This only seals it.


24 posted on 07/29/2014 1:29:58 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (The cure has become worse than the disease. Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: CivilWarBrewing

Amen this is disgusting. The jerk.


25 posted on 07/29/2014 1:31:54 PM PDT by waxer1 (A Republic if you can keep it--Benjamin Franklin. Well we lost it.)
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To: CivilWarBrewing

Ventura is trash and should be thrown in a dumpster.


26 posted on 07/29/2014 1:42:59 PM PDT by mulligan (I)
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To: pogo101

Not sure what media you were reading, but the local press reported that the jury was shown a videotaped deposition Kyle did where he admitted that parts of his story weren’t true and that he tried to remove the story from the book after a friend told him he could be sued it was false. His publisher thought it was a great story, and Kyle agreed to keep it in.

The local media also reported that Kyle’s had plenty of witnesses but there were huge discrepancies between their stories and that in any event only one of them claimed to have seen the whole altercation and he admitted he’d had “15 to 20” drinks that night. In fact, most of Kyle’s witnesses admitted they’ve been drinking.


27 posted on 07/29/2014 1:44:02 PM PDT by GrootheWanderer
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To: CivilWarBrewing

Oooooh, what a big tough man he is picking on widows and orphans!

Sleaze bag.


29 posted on 07/29/2014 1:45:29 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: CivilWarBrewing

He may have won in a court of law, but he lost miserably in the court of public opinion. If any network decides to give him a new show we need to be very vocal about how we won’t watch it or buy from the companies that advertise on it. He thinks he won something today, lets show him how wrong he is.


31 posted on 07/29/2014 1:46:10 PM PDT by uptowngirl
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To: 1010RD

Jesse’s hard up for money?


32 posted on 07/29/2014 1:46:54 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Elian Gonzalez sought asylum and was sent back to Cuba, send these kids back to THEIR parents.)
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To: wideawake
While I’m not a fan of jury nullification, this makes me a fan of jury annihilation.

I consider trial by jury as the only anchor yet devised by man, by which a government can be held to the principles of its constitution.
— Thomas Jefferson

33 posted on 07/29/2014 1:47:11 PM PDT by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: familyop

Ron Paul, Jesse Ventura, Libertarians.

It is all a good fit.


34 posted on 07/29/2014 1:49:21 PM PDT by ansel12 (LEGAL immigrants, 30 million 1980-2012, continues to remake the nation's electorate for democrats)
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To: GrootheWanderer
Not sure what media you were reading, but the local press reported that the jury was shown a videotaped deposition Kyle did where he admitted that parts of his story weren’t true and that he tried to remove the story from the book after a friend told him he could be sued it was false. His publisher thought it was a great story, and Kyle agreed to keep it in.

The local media also reported that Kyle’s had plenty of witnesses but there were huge discrepancies between their stories and that in any event only one of them claimed to have seen the whole altercation and he admitted he’d had “15 to 20” drinks that night. In fact, most of Kyle’s witnesses admitted they’ve been drinking.

The parts of the story NOT presented:

1. the drinking witnesses' "huge discrepancies" in their versions of the altercation,
2. the fact that only ONE person claimed to have seen the whole altercation,
3. and that HE, the only witness had consumed 15-20 drinks.

I can't have 15-20 drinks of anything, even water, before I would FLOAT away.

======================

Well thought out, GrootheWanderer.

35 posted on 07/29/2014 1:55:29 PM PDT by cloudmountain
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To: CivilWarBrewing
From September 11, 1969, to September 10, 1975, during the Vietnam War era, Ventura served in the United States Navy. Ventura graduated with BUD/S class 58 in December 1970[4] and was part of Underwater Demolition Team 12 (UDT).[5] The UDTs were merged with the US Navy SEALs in 1983, 8 years after Ventura had left the Navy.

Bill Salisbury, an attorney in San Diego and a former Navy SEAL officer, accused Ventura of “pretending” to be a SEAL and wrote that Ventura would be blurring an important distinction by claiming to be a SEAL when he was actually a frogman with the UDT. Compared to SEAL teams, UDTs saw less combat and took fewer casualties.[6][7][8] Following that, Governor Ventura’s office confirmed that Ventura was never a member of the SEALs. His spokesman stated that Ventura has never tried to convince people otherwise.[6] Ventura stated: “Today we refer to all of us as SEALs; that’s all it is.”[8]

Jackass Ventura was Never Ever a Navy Seal.

36 posted on 07/29/2014 1:57:04 PM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: Blood of Tyrants
His tough guy routine is as fraudulent as everything else about him. A real man would have dropped his defamation lawsuit the minute he heard about the tragic death of Kyle. A real man with honor and integrity wouldn't even think about suing the widow and child of the dead Navy Seal. Only a puny douchebag with no balls would do something like that.
37 posted on 07/29/2014 1:59:05 PM PDT by peeps36 (Save The Tortoise And Kill The People)
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I remember reading Leon Uris’s, QB VII, when the Nazi doctor won his defamation case. They agreed his character was defames and awarded him the lowest coin of the realm.

The jury should award him 1 cent.

38 posted on 07/29/2014 2:05:28 PM PDT by mware
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Jesse Ventura who? You can thank the voters of Minnesota. Some would vote for him again.


39 posted on 07/29/2014 2:07:55 PM PDT by Maudeen ("End Times Warrior - Sinner Saved by Grace")
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To: peeps36

I wonder how Ventura claims he was “damaged”.


40 posted on 07/29/2014 2:09:52 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (The cure has become worse than the disease. Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: CivilWarBrewing
Well, Jesse's reputation is pretty well etched in stone now.

Where could he ever again show his ugly mug in public without someone yelling out "SCUMBAG!"?

41 posted on 07/29/2014 2:10:33 PM PDT by meadsjn
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To: CivilWarBrewing

I feel so sorry for Chris’s widow. My heart goes out to her for the injustice that has been done here.


42 posted on 07/29/2014 2:12:11 PM PDT by sauropod (Fat Bottomed Girl: "What difference, at this point, does it make?")
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To: CivilWarBrewing
So I guess THE TRUTH doesn't matter to almost every poster on this thread.

Face the facts. This story was made up to sell a book. What the hell is wrong with you people?

If you were ex military would you be ok if someone made up a story about you saying maybe other soldiers should die?

43 posted on 07/29/2014 2:37:17 PM PDT by precisionshootist
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If you were ex-military would you SUE THE INNOCENT WIDOW OF A SEAL FOR ALL SHE’S GOT?


44 posted on 07/29/2014 2:47:59 PM PDT by CivilWarBrewing
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To: meadsjn
Yo! Jessie boa-boi! Here's your reputation today.

Just ponder this. After your actions this is the absolute best that you can look forward to upon your demise. No SEALS, no UDT, no USN, just clowns.

On second thought even clowns at core have a sense of right and wrong.

45 posted on 07/29/2014 2:50:48 PM PDT by Covenantor ("Men are ruled...by liars who refuse them news, and by fools who cannot govern." Chesterton)
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To: CivilWarBrewing

I agree with your assessment of ventura.

All in all jesse is just butt hurt because today’s SEALs get all the glory while he’s nothing but a comment above a urinal


46 posted on 07/29/2014 2:53:31 PM PDT by 2CAVTrooper (If you ain't CAV, you ain't.......)
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To: precisionshootist

I agree with you. It matters not what one’s opinion of Jesse Ventura is, slander is still slander. A law is not a just law unless it is applied equally to the ignoble as it is to the noble among us.


47 posted on 07/29/2014 2:54:14 PM PDT by Edward Teach
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To: nhwingut

“If he thinks his name was tarnished by Kyle before, this is a far worse PR hit. Suing the family of a dead war hero, really? Doesn’t get any lower than that.”

I can only hope that one of Chris’ buddies comes forward and does a repeat performance on jesse.


48 posted on 07/29/2014 2:57:56 PM PDT by 2CAVTrooper (If you ain't CAV, you ain't.......)
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Where is this widow supposed to come up with that kind of money?

From the 6 mil she made off the book. The book that sold extra well after people found out it had the story about Jesse getting a beat down.
49 posted on 07/29/2014 2:59:05 PM PDT by TalonDJ
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To: CivilWarBrewing

Maybe he is scum. I don’t care. But the man and his family made 6 million because the book sold well. If it sold well because people bought it to read that anecdote. And if there was not convincing proof it really happened... Well then the law suite seems warranted. It was not HIS widow. Why does he owe her millions made off of his fame and reputation? I don’t know what the evidence was in the case and neither do most people here. But you can’t just make crap up and the profit at others expense. Not unless you are a Democrat.


50 posted on 07/29/2014 3:02:44 PM PDT by TalonDJ
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