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Ventura wins $1.8 million in defamation suit
« on: July 29, 2014, 03:27:58 PM »
http://www.startribune.com/local/269042071.html


Ventura wins $1.8 million in defamation suit

    Article by: RANDY FURST and JAMES WALSH , Star Tribune staff writers
    Updated: July 29, 2014 - 2:25 PM

In a split decision, jury votes 8-2 to award damages for defamation, “unjust enrichment.”

Jesse Ventura won his defamation case against an author who said he punched out the former Minnesota governor for criticizing the U.S. Navy SEALs’ role in the Iraq war.

The jury awarded a total of $1.845 million: $500,000 in defamation damages and $1.345 million for “unjust enrichment” — or to be specific, $1,345,477.25.

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.

Ventura was not in the courtroom when the verdict was read.

 

 

U.S. District Judge Richard Kyle said federal rules require a unanimous verdict but allow for a split verdict if both sides agree. Attorneys agreed to 8 of 10 jurors taking one side.

One man and one woman voted no on verdict when all jurors were polled in the courtroom. It appeared the forewoman was one of the two no votes.

Ventura sued Chris Kyle, a former U.S. Navy SEAL sniper, who wrote in “American Sniper” that he punched out a “celebrity” SEAL at a bar in 2006 for criticizing the SEALs’ role in the Iraq war. He later identified Ventura in media interviews. Ventura said Kyle fabricated the incident, and his reputation was ruined by Kyle’s account.

After Kyle died in 2013, Ventura continued the lawsuit against Kyle’s estate, which is run by his widow, Taya Kyle.

University of Minnesota journalism professor Jane Kirtley said Tuesday she was not surprised by the verdict, because the longer deliberations went on, the more she thought Ventura had a chance.

She also noted that the jury’s award was “a lot less than [Ventura] asked for.” Ventura had sought from $5 million to $15 million.

Kirtley said the most interesting aspect was the unusual dollar amount for unjust enrichment — down to the quarter. “They were apparently troubled by what they thought was the exploitation of Ventura,” she said.

Pizza for the press

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.”

Four times Tuesday morning, attorneys for both sides in the case met with U.S. District Judge Richard Kyle in his chambers. They emerged from the latest meeting before noon, with no word of what they had been discussing.

The jurors Tuesday entered their second week of deliberations and their fourth week of work on the case, which began when six men and four women were selected July 8. They have been deliberating since last Tuesday afternoon.

Jurors resumed deliberations at 9 a.m. Tuesday, a day after saying they were deadlocked.

On Monday, Kyle told them to “give it one more shot” at midday Monday after they sent him a note saying, “We feel we will not come to a unanimous decision.”

 

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Re: Ventura wins $1.8 million in defamation suit
« Reply #1 on: July 29, 2014, 04:11:36 PM »
So, the judge has the same last name as the defendant? Or is the article mistaken?
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Re: Ventura wins $1.8 million in defamation suit
« Reply #2 on: July 29, 2014, 04:22:00 PM »
Shame on the jurors and Ventura.

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Re: Ventura wins $1.8 million in defamation suit
« Reply #3 on: July 29, 2014, 05:05:29 PM »
This is a shocker.  Must be more to the story than we know.  Still, it makes me feel sick to know that the hero was not there to defend himself.
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Re: Ventura wins $1.8 million in defamation suit
« Reply #4 on: July 29, 2014, 05:07:38 PM »
This is a shocker.  Must be more to the story than we know.  Still, it makes me feel sick to know that the hero was not there to defend himself.

If he had any decency he would consider this a win and just take $1 for his damages.....but Ventura isn't a nice guy.

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Re: Ventura wins $1.8 million in defamation suit
« Reply #5 on: July 29, 2014, 05:15:26 PM »
Hope he chokes on it. 

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Re: Ventura wins $1.8 million in defamation suit
« Reply #6 on: July 29, 2014, 05:23:13 PM »
Why are you all so hostile towards Ventura? The jury is effectively taking his side. That he was damaged by lies about him.

He started the lawsuit when the defendant was alive. Libel and slander are laws.

Are we not a nation of laws, when we have a jury verdict by our peers?

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Re: Ventura wins $1.8 million in defamation suit
« Reply #7 on: July 29, 2014, 05:30:50 PM »
The widow now has to pay this from his estate...it's not as if they were rich and could afford this...just saying if he had any decency he would take the win and not the 1.8mil......

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Re: Ventura wins $1.8 million in defamation suit
« Reply #8 on: July 29, 2014, 05:56:11 PM »
The widow now has to pay this from his estate...it's not as if they were rich and could afford this...just saying if he had any decency he would take the win and not the 1.8mil......

the widow doesn't have to pay anything; the damages run only against the estate, not against anyone else, including the widow.  and there will almost certainly be a settlement on the damages for less than face.
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Re: Ventura wins $1.8 million in defamation suit
« Reply #9 on: July 29, 2014, 06:07:18 PM »
Why are you all so hostile towards Ventura? The jury is effectively taking his side. That he was damaged by lies about him.

He started the lawsuit when the defendant was alive. Libel and slander are laws.

Are we not a nation of laws, when we have a jury verdict by our peers?

Ventura had the option of stopping the lawsuit when Kyle died. Ventura wasn't damaged by this. His name wasn't revealed in the book. Kyle only mentioned his name on Opie and Anthony's Show, and then Ventura went on to Alex Jones' Show to say that he may sue him. Ventura did this for publicity.

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Re: Ventura wins $1.8 million in defamation suit
« Reply #10 on: July 29, 2014, 06:08:10 PM »
the widow doesn't have to pay anything; the damages run only against the estate, not against anyone else, including the widow.  and there will almost certainly be a settlement on the damages for less than face.

Why a settlement? It was already reduced from what he originally was seeking.

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Re: Ventura wins $1.8 million in defamation suit
« Reply #11 on: July 29, 2014, 06:28:41 PM »
Why are you all so hostile towards Ventura? The jury is effectively taking his side. That he was damaged by lies about him.

He started the lawsuit when the defendant was alive. Libel and slander are laws.

Are we not a nation of laws, when we have a jury verdict by our peers?

Other than the fact he is the biggest douche in the universe for bringing the lawsuit in the first place, all the witnesses defended Kyle, and we have a jury system that treats lawsuits like winning the lottery and drool over celebs?

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Re: Ventura wins $1.8 million in defamation suit
« Reply #12 on: July 29, 2014, 06:38:22 PM »
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Ventura said Kyle fabricated the incident, and his reputation was ruined by Kyle’s account.
I never heard of this supposed act of defamation. What kind of proof did Venture have of damages? How did he prove lost income?
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