Former Minnesota governor and conspiracy whackjob Jesse Ventura continued his lawsuit against Chris Kyle even after he was murdered. In the end, he was awarded a $1.8 million settlement for defamation, as Kyle’s book American Sniper included a story whereas Ventura bashed the navy, and was promptly punched in the face by Kyle.
Chris Kyle said mean things about him – so apparently Ventura thought suing a grieving window would be what proved to the world that he wasn’t such a bad guy after all.
Well, years after Ventura was awarded that settlement he just got terrible news – which is great news for sane Americans.
A federal appeals court on Monday threw out $1.8 million in damages awarded to former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura, who said he was defamed by the late author Chris Kyle in the bestselling book “American Sniper.”
The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals also sent a portion of the case — Ventura’s defamation claim — back to the district court for a new trial, saying Ventura’s attorneys made improper remarks and the trial court “clearly abused its discretion in denying a new trial.”
Messages left with Ventura, his publicist and his attorney were not immediately returned Monday. An attorney for Kyle’s estate had no comment and referred questions to publisher HarperCollins, which said it was reviewing the opinion and had no comment at this time.
Kyle is a former SEAL regarded as the deadliest sniper in U.S. military history with 160 confirmed kills. In his book “American Sniper,” he wrote a subchapter called “Punching Out Scruff Face” in which he describes decking Ventura at a California bar in 2006 after Ventura made offensive comments about SEALs, including that the SEALs “deserve to lose a few” in Iraq.
H/T: FOX News
The only bad part of this story is that Ventura is put in the public spotlight yet again. Hopefully he fades back into irrelevance in coming months.
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