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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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To: Solson
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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To: Solson

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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To: Solson

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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To: Solson

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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If You Want To Keep FR
Support It


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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To: All

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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To: Solson
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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To: Kartographer

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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To: Solson; GeronL

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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To: Solson

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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To: Solson

I wonder how many feather boas, pink jackets and floral tights he can buy with that much money.


21 posted on 07/29/2014 12:00:42 PM PDT by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: Solson

Too much cost and effort to retry. He did not know he was on the losing end of the 8-2


22 posted on 07/29/2014 12:02:08 PM PDT by shalom aleichem
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To: Future Snake Eater
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?

There were a lot of eyewitnesses, all of them were drunk, no two of them told the same story.

23 posted on 07/29/2014 12:02:48 PM PDT by Lurking Libertarian (Non sub homine, sed sub Deo et lege)
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To: Solson

Its possible a settlement agreement was reached between the parties before the verdict to avoid another trial so the 1.8 Million verdict is non-starter.


24 posted on 07/29/2014 12:02:50 PM PDT by Mechanicos (When did we amend the Constitution for a 2nd Federal Prohibition?)
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To: Solson

Agreeing to a non-unanimous verdict? STUPID, STUPID, STUPID on the defense attorneys’ part. Possible legal malpractice IMHO.


25 posted on 07/29/2014 12:07:30 PM PDT by House Atreides (ANOTHER CONSERVATIVE REPUBLICAN FOR CHILDERS 2014 .... Don't reward bad GOPe behavior.)
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To: Solson

But if that’s what the facts demonstrated ... *shrug*.

Tough to make a call unless you are in the Courtroom. Ventura is quite the loon to be sure, but the jury heard the facts and got the instructions. That’s just the way it goes.


26 posted on 07/29/2014 12:11:19 PM PDT by RIghtwardHo
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To: C19fan

‘zackly.


27 posted on 07/29/2014 12:11:31 PM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (Rip it out by the roots.)
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To: Solson

Dumbfounded. How any jury could side with JV is baffling.


28 posted on 07/29/2014 12:12:06 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: Future Snake Eater

I kinda wondered the same thing. They certainly didn’t corroborate his or he would have won the suit. Would have been interested in sitting in on this one.


29 posted on 07/29/2014 12:12:14 PM PDT by RIghtwardHo
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To: Lurking Libertarian

E X A C T L Y.


30 posted on 07/29/2014 12:12:47 PM PDT by RIghtwardHo
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To: C19fan

Absolutely correct. And the Chris Kyle is not even alive to defend himself.


31 posted on 07/29/2014 12:15:21 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: Solson

That’s too bad.


32 posted on 07/29/2014 12:17:58 PM PDT by WayneS (Don't blame me, I voted for Kodos.)
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To: Solson

A crime against nature.


33 posted on 07/29/2014 12:20:28 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: Solson

Jesse seems to be looking behind himself. Wonder why?

34 posted on 07/29/2014 12:23:01 PM PDT by McGruff (Was George Bush a Putinista?)
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As media awaited the lawyers outside the federal courthouse in St. Paul, Sam Goldsmith, a friend of the Venturas, delivered four medium Domino’s pizzas. He said that the Ventura family asked him to order pizzas for reporters, because, “You sat diligently here for two weeks. I hope the guys enjoy it.”
35 posted on 07/29/2014 12:24:29 PM PDT by McGruff (Was George Bush a Putinista?)
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To: McGruff

Wonder if we can sue DU, CNN, MSNBC, NY Slimes for defamation of character? Their lies are not only hurtful to me, but it is broadcast to the world.

I think a few hundred million would suffice. I could buy Jim a new server farm and buy everyone on FR a brand new AR, which will probably be lost in several thousand simultaneous boating accidents.


36 posted on 07/29/2014 12:27:16 PM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (GM is dead and Al Queada is alive.)
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To: Solson

Hope he chokes on the money.


37 posted on 07/29/2014 12:29:48 PM PDT by mware
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To: Solson
Jessie is one low-life POS, going after the widow and children!

It's all I can do to withhold more profanity directed at this sub-human truther!

38 posted on 07/29/2014 12:30:05 PM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: Solson
He was defamed....


39 posted on 07/29/2014 12:30:07 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo (Please $upport Free Republic.)
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To: Solson; xzins

That was a dumb move by the defense attorney. I’m hoping there was an insurance company involved in this. If not, then maybe the attorney’s E&O carrier will pick up the tab. You don’t do something like this unless you have knowledge to a certainty that the jury is leaning in your direction.

Obviously they weren’t even close on that assumption.


40 posted on 07/29/2014 12:32:37 PM PDT by P-Marlowe (There can be no Victory without a fight and no battle without wounds)
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To: smokingfrog

During a videotaped deposition before his death, Kyle admitted that parts of his story weren’t true. He also admitted that he tried to remove that story from the book after a friend warned him that if it wasn’t true Jesse could sue him, but he let his ghost writer and publisher talk him into keeping it.

Add to that all of the witnesses on his side admitted to drinking, some of them quite heavily, that night and that only one of them claimed to have seen the whole incident and it was an uphill battle for Kyle’s lawyer.


41 posted on 07/29/2014 12:32:38 PM PDT by GrootheWanderer
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To: Future Snake Eater

“Were there no witnesses to corroborate either version of events? “

There were, but a lot of conflicting testimony.

Jesse is sure a fur ball! He used to come on the Mike Trivisanno Show on WTAM here in Cleveland. He called himself “Mr. Blue.” The disguised his voice electronically, but,,,, he has such distinctive mannerisms, etc., that it was easy to tell just who Mr. Blue was! I’ve spent lots of time in recording studios, and I knew it was him after hearing one sentence. I emailed Mike and asked him when he was going to have Jesse “Blue” on again. No answer, but the next time he was on, they altered his voice even more!
If he comes on again, I’m going to call in and call him Jesse. But they’ll just bleep it out!


42 posted on 07/29/2014 12:35:31 PM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: Solson

Every Jesse I ever knew was low life scum white trash.


43 posted on 07/29/2014 12:35:35 PM PDT by buffyt (It is not a CHOICE, it is a CHILD OF GOD!)
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To: Solson
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.

I see an appeal in the future, only an incompetent lawyer would ever agree to such terms!

44 posted on 07/29/2014 12:36:47 PM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: GrootheWanderer

Why didn’t Ventura sue the publisher?


45 posted on 07/29/2014 12:40:19 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: Solson

yep, a travesty... total travestation!


46 posted on 07/29/2014 12:40:51 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: TexasCajun

Not necesssarily. Some of the local media are reporting that Kyle’s widow said she didn’t want to go through this again and just wanted to get it over with win or lose.


47 posted on 07/29/2014 12:41:08 PM PDT by GrootheWanderer
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To: Solson

In a world full of silly nonsense this is just plain STUPID.
What the hell were these jurors thinking awarding that asshat Ventura a cent from the man’s widow? What morons...........


48 posted on 07/29/2014 12:45:18 PM PDT by SECURE AMERICA (I am an American Not a Republican or a Democrat.)
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To: RIghtwardHo

BS. Move the trial from St Paul to Dallas and Ventura loses. Lawyer for Mrs. Kyle a complete moron. Ventura doesn’t win without unanimous verdict. He would never get a unanimous verdict even in St Paul no matter how many times the case was tried.


49 posted on 07/29/2014 12:52:19 PM PDT by jwalsh07
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To: y'all

FReep this poll

http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2014/07/29/jesse-ventura-wins-defamation-case-vote-on-dave-lees-poll/


50 posted on 07/29/2014 12:52:40 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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