Skip to comments.Jesse Ventura wins $1.8million defamation suit against estate of.. Chris Kyle
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.'
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While I’m not a fan of jury nullification, this makes me a fan of jury annihilation.
The trial should not have taken place in Minnesota.
Does he think this shameful act of robbing a widow and her children enhances his sorry reputation? What was that stupid jury thinking?
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.
did this woman protect her money ? hopefully he doesn’t see a dime.
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!
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.
JV is a punk!
I think Glenn Beck and others got legal help for her so that her estate is somewhat protected.
Well, this will certainly help restore his rep.
There will be an appeal. This isn’t over by a long shot.
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.
Nothing compared to the harm this boneheaed lawsuit does to his reputation.
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.
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.
This is evil.
FUJV!! Pencil neck bastard!!
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¢.
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.
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.
Ventura has always been a self-aggrandizing piece of crap. This only seals it.
Amen this is disgusting. The jerk.
Ventura is trash and should be thrown in a dumpster.
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.
Oooooh, what a big tough man he is picking on widows and orphans!
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.
Jesse’s hard up for money?
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
Ron Paul, Jesse Ventura, Libertarians.
It is all a good fit.
The local media also reported that Kyles 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 hed had 15 to 20 drinks that night. In fact, most of Kyles witnesses admitted theyve 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.
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. Following that, Governor Venturas office confirmed that Ventura was never a member of the SEALs. His spokesman stated that Ventura has never tried to convince people otherwise. Ventura stated: Today we refer to all of us as SEALs; thats all it is.
Jackass Ventura was Never Ever a Navy Seal.
The jury should award him 1 cent.
Jesse Ventura who? You can thank the voters of Minnesota. Some would vote for him again.
I wonder how Ventura claims he was “damaged”.
Where could he ever again show his ugly mug in public without someone yelling out "SCUMBAG!"?
I feel so sorry for Chris’s widow. My heart goes out to her for the injustice that has been done here.
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?
If you were ex-military would you SUE THE INNOCENT WIDOW OF A SEAL FOR ALL SHE’S GOT?
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.
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
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.
“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? Doesnt get any lower than that.”
I can only hope that one of Chris’ buddies comes forward and does a repeat performance on jesse.
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.