Skip to comments.Ventura wins $1.8 million in defamation suit
Posted on 07/29/2014 11:48:23 AM PDT by SolsonEdited 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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Jesse's reputation was ruined a long time ago. Kyle's attorneys dropped the ball.
What a shame.
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.
Why would they agree to a split verdict?
What reputation was that ,the WWF one, LOL , Fake meet Fake
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.
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?
It is simply imposable to defame someone like Ventura!
Imho, justice and the law are two totally different concepts.
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!
according to the news, witnesses did testify but all had different versions including locations and what was said or not said.
What a disgrace. From what I read the incident certainly happened.
Amen to that! Kyle's attorney should be disbarred.
Venture makes scumbags look good .......
What a putz!
Wouldn’t Jessie Ventura need to have credibility in the first place in order to be defamed?
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.
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.
I wonder how many feather boas, pink jackets and floral tights he can buy with that much money.
Too much cost and effort to retry. He did not know he was on the losing end of the 8-2
There were a lot of eyewitnesses, all of them were drunk, no two of them told the same story.
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.
Agreeing to a non-unanimous verdict? STUPID, STUPID, STUPID on the defense attorneys’ part. Possible legal malpractice IMHO.
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.
Dumbfounded. How any jury could side with JV is baffling.
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.
E X A C T L Y.
Absolutely correct. And the Chris Kyle is not even alive to defend himself.
That’s too bad.
A crime against nature.
Jesse seems to be looking behind himself. Wonder why?
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.
Hope he chokes on the money.
It's all I can do to withhold more profanity directed at this sub-human truther!
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.
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.
“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!
Every Jesse I ever knew was low life scum white trash.
I see an appeal in the future, only an incompetent lawyer would ever agree to such terms!
Why didn’t Ventura sue the publisher?
yep, a travesty... total travestation!
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.
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...........
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.
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