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Ventura wins $1.8 million in defamation suit
Star Tribune ^ | July 29, 2014

Posted on 07/29/2014 11:48:23 AM PDT by Solson

Edited on 07/29/2014 12:01:38 PM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]

Former Gov. Jesse Ventura won his defamation case against the author of “American Sniper.”

The jury awarded a total of $1.845 million: $500,000 in defamation damages and $1.345 million for “unjust enrichment.”

Jurors could not reach a unanimous verdict, as instructed. Instead, with the consent of both sides, they voted 8 to 2 in Ventura’s favor.


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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Front Page News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Minnesota
KEYWORDS: kyle; lawsuit; marines; military; sniper; ventura; veterans; widow
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What a travesty.
1 posted on 07/29/2014 11:48:23 AM PDT by Solson
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Ventura said Kyle fabricated the incident, and his reputation was ruined by Kyle’s account.

Jesse's reputation was ruined a long time ago. Kyle's attorneys dropped the ball.

2 posted on 07/29/2014 11:50:26 AM PDT by Night Hides Not (Remember the Alamo! Remember Goliad! Remember Mississippi!)
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To: Solson

What a shame.


3 posted on 07/29/2014 11:51:44 AM PDT by dalebert
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To: Night Hides Not

I don’t understand why the attorney would have consented to an 8-2 rather than unanimous. It undercuts the whole purpose of the trial.


4 posted on 07/29/2014 11:51:56 AM PDT by Solson (The Voters stole the election! And the establishment wants it back.)
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Why would they agree to a split verdict?


5 posted on 07/29/2014 11:52:05 AM PDT by Ingtar (The NSA - "We're the only part of government who actually listens to the people.")
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To: Night Hides Not

What reputation was that ,the WWF one, LOL , Fake meet Fake


6 posted on 07/29/2014 11:52:16 AM PDT by molson209 (Blank)
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To: Solson

A case of defamation of the “character” of Jesse Ventura is exactly the sort of case Small Claims Court was invented for, IMHO.

What a disgrace that those jurors took his side over the widow of an American hero.


7 posted on 07/29/2014 11:52:17 AM PDT by Above My Pay Grade (The people have the right to tell government what guns it may possess, not the other way around.)
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To: Solson
Hopefully the wife pulls and OJ on him and runs to a state with very lenient Bankruptcy laws such as Florida and declares bankruptcy, leaving Ventura holding the bag for his legal bills and collecting nothing from the suit.
8 posted on 07/29/2014 11:53:08 AM PDT by apillar
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To: Solson
Ventura said Kyle fabricated the incident, and his reputation was ruined by Kyle’s account.

I've heard Kyle tell this story. It sounded like it was in a crowded bar with a whole bunch of other SEALs. Were there no witnesses to corroborate either version of events?

9 posted on 07/29/2014 11:55:03 AM PDT by Future Snake Eater (CrossFit.com)
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It is simply imposable to defame someone like Ventura!


10 posted on 07/29/2014 11:55:10 AM PDT by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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Imho, justice and the law are two totally different concepts.

5.56mm


11 posted on 07/29/2014 11:55:50 AM PDT by M Kehoe
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12 posted on 07/29/2014 11:56:00 AM PDT by DJ MacWoW (The Fed Gov is not one ring to rule them all)
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This is a complete BS decision. I hope the bass-turd never sees a dime of it. It does give me solace that the dufus will never again speak to a SEAL without getting a hearty “F-off” for his trouble!


13 posted on 07/29/2014 11:56:19 AM PDT by rockrr (Everything is different now...)
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To: Future Snake Eater

according to the news, witnesses did testify but all had different versions including locations and what was said or not said.


14 posted on 07/29/2014 11:56:29 AM PDT by Solson (The Voters stole the election! And the establishment wants it back.)
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To: Solson

What a disgrace. From what I read the incident certainly happened.


15 posted on 07/29/2014 11:56:47 AM PDT by Williams
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What a travesty.

Amen to that! Kyle's attorney should be disbarred.

16 posted on 07/29/2014 11:57:38 AM PDT by jazusamo (Sometimes I think that this is an era when sanity has become controversial: Thomas Sowell)
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Venture makes scumbags look good .......

What a putz!


17 posted on 07/29/2014 11:57:58 AM PDT by JoeVet (First rule of holes ... when you find yourself standing in one - stop digging ... unless ur a Dim)
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Wouldn’t Jessie Ventura need to have credibility in the first place in order to be defamed?


18 posted on 07/29/2014 11:59:58 AM 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: Solson
I don’t understand why the attorney would have consented to an 8-2 rather than unanimous. It undercuts the whole purpose of the trial.

They knew the jury was split, but didn't know which way it was split. The defense attorney was probably convinced that the jury was leaning against Ventura, and thought that taking a split verdict was a better bet than the expense of a re-trial.

19 posted on 07/29/2014 12:00:10 PM PDT by Lurking Libertarian (Non sub homine, sed sub Deo et lege)
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Jesse Ventura easily fits the definition of a public figure. In the US it is almost impossible for a public figure to a win a defamation suit since one has to prove both falseness and the defendant knowingly lied. Looks like the defendants had horrible lawyers.


20 posted on 07/29/2014 12:00:15 PM PDT by C19fan
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