9/11 truther Jesse Ventura wins lawsuit vs. fallen SEAL Chris Kyle

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Former professional wrestler and current 9/11 truther Jesse Ventura has won a lawsuit vs. the widow of slain U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle. A jury ruled Kyle’s book had defamed Ventura (even though the book doesn’t mention Ventura by name) and awarded him $1.8 million dollars. It’s a stunning and shameful outcome, and Glenn responded to the news on radio Wednesday morning.

TheBlaze reported via The Associated Press that “the federal jury decided that the 2012 best-selling book defamed Ventura in its description of a bar fight in California in 2006. Kyle wrote that he decked a man whom he later identified as Ventura after the man allegedly said the Navy SEALs ‘deserve to lose a few.’”

On radio, the guys were all very surprised by the outcome, as Ventura had to prove that Kyle, now deceased, intentionally lied and did so with malice – a high legal bar, especially for public figures.

“You could look at Jesse – he’s claiming defamation of his character,” Glenn said. “He has no character left.”

Glenn did, however, say that if you assume the outcome is right and Ventura was defamed by the deceased Chris Kyle, he should now return any of the money awarded to Kyle’s widow and children.

“It wasn’t about the money. It was about the truth,” Glenn said. “Let’s say he as a right to be angry here, and he wants to exact justice to make sure the record is straight, you are now going after a widow. You are going after his children. You are taking $1.8 million from a family who doesn’t have $1.8 million.”

“What happens to Jesse Ventura? Does this make him whole? Does this help his credibility? Does it make him a better character in anybody’s mind? Seriously, in anybody’s mind, does it make him a better man? A better man would say justice has been served. I do not need to exact vengeance.”

  • lembrandt

    Jesse Ventura is a pile of puke and has been for years. Can this be over turned via an appeal? I hope so.

  • Anonymous

    Glenn simply doesn’t like Ventura, but argues none of the facts of the case. This from a guy who knows about losing as an accuser ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beck_v._Eiland-Hall ) and will probably lose as a defendant ( http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2014/07/24/the-glenn-beck-defense-against-boston-marathon-bombings-defamation-suit/ ) in defamation suits. Beck’s legal defense against the innocent man he defamed is that the man defamed himself! What gall to cause an innocent man death threats by continuing to wrongly broadcast that he was a main terrorist in the Boston bombing well after the police and media cleared his name. Be a man, Beck, and admit you were wrong.

  • Anonymous

    I’d like to see the evidence.

  • Jeff Lambeau

    but…but… he was in “PREDATOR”

  • Anonymous

    Ventura is a dirt-bag. Plain and simple. He is total sleeze.

  • Dee Dunbar

    Ventura going to get another law suit out of this? he is a predator!

  • Dee Dunbar

    Chris Kyle doesn’t GET to defend himself!

  • Andrew Martin De Nicolas

    Oh, glad you actually responded to Landree’s actual points about glenn beck’s hypocritical response. You know, instead of posting meaningless conjecture.

  • http://truthofg.blogspot.com/ Connor Kenway

    Really have you seen Ventura’s I hate America show he does. Oh what is that reality is not your strong suit. In fact he was not even mentioned by name in his book.

  • Anonymous

    Doesn’t matter Ventura may be right but he is still a scumbag now, as he is taking money from a widow and orphans.

  • landofaahs

    Be careful Glenn impounding the character of Jesse. He may sue you too. But I can’t stand Ventura either. I frankly don’t give a crap with all the real problems out there we have to deal with.

  • http://truthofg.blogspot.com/ Connor Kenway

    Pass this around and I do not give a damn if Jesse Ventura tries to sue me!

  • Timothy Wenners

    Now now… That would be a reasonable thing to say.

    Unlike Glenn, who talks about bankrupting widows… which is not true.

    I’m telling ya.. in all matters of military the right doesn’t think rationally… its all appeals to emotion.

    Just like the left in terms of welfare and poverty… All appeals to emotion..

  • Anonymous

    I usually agree with Glenn, but in this case I simply can not. I have faith in the justice system…yeah OJ I know I know…but for the most part, we have to trust a jury of our peers. And they agreed with Ventura. Like him or hate him, the fact is he won and gets the money. Now, he can do whatever he wants with the cash. Would he be a better person if he gives it back to the widow? Yes. But he isn’t classless if he does not. He was wronged by her husband and was rewarded fair and square.

  • http://truthofg.blogspot.com/ Connor Kenway

    Oh I am glad how you liberals love to hijack threads for the hell of it and defend an jerk like Jesse Ventura just to score political points with you basement troll club.

  • Michelle

    Instead of worrying about who Glenn likes and dislikes why don’t you inquire about the evidence? I am curious how Ventura proved this was the intent. Also, please learn the difference between “loose” and “lose”. I hate it when people try to shame others and all I see is spelling errors.

  • Anonymous

    Maybe. I don’t know him. But courts use evidence, not feelings to decide cases. Plus, Glenn’s not one to talk after how he recklessly defamed the bystander at the Boston bombing.

  • Anonymous

    Maybe your opinion about Ventura’s reasonalbe. I don’t know him. But courts use evidence, not feelings to decide cases. Plus, Glenn’s not one to talk after how he recklessly defamed the bystander at the Boston bombing.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t know the man.

  • Cpl DMan

    I like it, but you should work in the line from the movie “I ain’t got time to bleed. I am too busy suing the wives of fallen heroes.”

  • AsSeenOnTv

    What the current release isn’t telling people is that the Jury was DEADLOCKED.. They had been at trying to come to a decision for DAYS. They told the judge they were deadlocked, he said so what go back and come up with a decision.

    What that means is those that were in favor of Jesse LEANED on those that didn’t believe the story so they could all just go home and back to their families.

    Junk Justice if you ask me. Deadlock should have been the ruling that they couldn’t find that high level needed to find for Ventura.

  • Anonymous

    I wish Glenn would explain how Ventura proved damage too instead of just attacking Ventura’s character. The best article I read on it said that Ventura claimed he did not and would never speak negatively about SEALS. He also was able to show that Kyle revealed that Ventura was the character in the book and that public speaking opportunities dried up after the book was publicized. Thanks for the head up on the spelling errors.

  • Mike Collins

    As a 9/11 truther……….Ventura has no character left. And its “heads up”. Grammars not great either.

  • Anonymous

    Yea, I don’t get the 911 truther thing either. Regarding grammar, at least you understand my point.

  • Ferrari fan

    I don’t think this makes him “whole” but it does make him an “a$$whole”

  • Marisa Ann Hutcherson

    No say it isn’t so, Pick on someone ur own size Jesse! don’t be a freak!

  • Anthony Farina

    Yep

  • Ferrari fan

    that’s not entirely true. especially in murder cases, the prosecution loves to play to emotions. and being humans, it’s not always possible to separate emotion or “feeling” from fact or evidence.

  • AJ Tommy Guns

    You want to talk about hypocritical responses? Here you have Ventura who is claiming he would never say anything negative about SEALs and yet he is suing a wife of a SEAL for money she does not have. For what!? Because he wants people to think of him in a certain way!? He is taking away from her and her kids. He is straight up waste!

  • Anonymous

    Ideally, evidence and reasonable doubt should determine legal decisions.

  • Ric Brown

    If he did not do what Kyle says in the book, his word as a man should put an end to it. Accept a simple apology and move on. If he did do it, he should own up to it and admit he had a little too much to drink. Either one would have given him more credibility that he will have now. He should return the money to a charity or Mrs. Kyle and the kids. Otherwise this is all for nothing because his character no longer exists.

  • D. Drury

    See the reply above about the jury being deadlocked. I had jury duty twice last month both were assault cases, and that is exactly what happens when there is a deadlock. In both cases there was only one juror who disagreed and we had to convince him/her to reconsider. It has nothing to do with trust. That is how it works.

  • Ferrari fan

    I believe the word you are searching for is “impugning”, “Glenn is impugning the character of Jesse”.

  • lembrandt

    LOL, Jeff :)

  • Ferrari fan

    yes, ideally, but it’s naivete to believe anything in the legal system is ideal. if it were frivolous lawsuits like this one would not exist.

  • soybomb315

    Actually, the lawsuit was started long before Kyle’s death.

    What you are doing is just like the liberals and playing the victim card to advance your agenda.

    Ventura repeatedly asked Chris Kyle to retract/revise the account given in the book….But Chris refused…..Now his family reaps what Chris sowed….But it is OK, the book made the family millions of dollars and because of the book there is a hollywood movie coming out….I’m sure Chris Kyle’s wife will be just fine regardless of the lawsuit

  • soybomb315

    My understanding is that the Kyle lawyers pushed a simple decision rather than unanimous decision.

  • Anonymous

    While human fallibility prevents us from achieving ideal virtues, striving for ideal is the only goal worth having. How do you know Ventura wasn’t damaged by the book?

  • Ferrari fan

    I suppose Ventura’s next case is going to be against Schwarzeneggar for disputing Jesse’s claims that he had bigger arms than Arnold during the filming of Predator. Ventura was spouting off that his arms were bigger than Mr O’s, but Arnold says they remeasured and, no, Jesse’s arms were not bigger.

    I smell a big lawsuit here soon.

  • soybomb315

    Glenn Beck has been known to lift material from Alex Jones and then smear him….Breitbart experienced similar and warned everyone about Beck….Beck is currently being sued by the mysterious Boston Bombing suspect that Beck spent days hyping up as a huge conspiracy….

    I can see why Beck is flipping out about this Kyle/Ventura decision.

  • AsSeenOnTv
  • soybomb315

    The real hypocrite here is Glenn Beck….

    How do you think Glenn Beck would react to someone lying and writing a book about him saying that Beck ranted and raved about hating conservatives and Tea Party and got punched in the face and started crying (again)….Do you think Beck would file a lawsuit or no?

  • BlueMN

    For the record, I loathed Ventura’s entire tenure as governor of MN, I couldn’t wait for his term in office to be over and done with, just like Michele Bachmann’s and Norm Coleman’s sullying of our fair state’s reputation. But a jury agreed that he had been defamed and his reputation damaged, and he lost job offers as a result. How else was he to fight that?

    “‘The verdict will tell the world Chris Kyle’s story was a lie,’ [Ventura's attorney, David Olsen] said.

    “Olsen said Kyle’s claims that Ventura said he hated America, thought the U.S. military was killing innocent civilians in Iraq and that the SEALs ‘deserve to lose a few’ had made him a pariah in the community that mattered most to him – the brotherhood of current and former SEALs.

    “‘One-point-five million people have bought the book,’ he said. ‘Millions more heard Fox TV trash Jesse Ventura because of it. And the story went viral on the Internet and will be there forever.’”
    http://www.cbsnews.com/news/jesse-ventura-wins-1-8m-in-american-sniper-defamation-case/

  • Crassus

    Typical Landree post. Change the subject completely. Dirtbag.

  • soybomb315

    Riiiiight….Cuz the only people with character are the ones who dont question the US government’s story of the events leading up to and during 9/11 and that no critical information was withheld from the american public….Riiiight

  • soybomb315

    “Really have you seen Ventura’s I hate America show he does. ”

    Do you think anything that goes against the mainstream media qualifies as ‘hate america show’? You must enjoy Fox News

  • soybomb315

    bingo

  • Anonymous

    Another example of a frustrated Beck-bot unable to express himself without playground name-calling.

  • soybomb315

    I know. I was not saying that your post was inaccurate….What i was saying is that the Kyle legal team put itself in this situation by requesting a majority decision case rather than seeking unanimous decision….Hold on, let me look for the facts

  • Crassus

    We know he wasn’t damaged physically. He wasn’t damaged financially either since he still has that stupid cable show and plenty of money from his various projects in the past. He must have been damaged emotionally and mentally which means that Jesse Ventura is nothing but a big pu$$y.

  • soybomb315

    Here you go….I was right.

    The Kyle legal team agreed to forgoe unaminous decision…..So you cant blame the justice system

    http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/people/2014/07/29/jury-awards-ventura-18m-in-defamation-case/13326597/

  • Crassus

    Nicole Brown Simpson’s family had faith in the justice system too. Not saying this jury verdict is anywhere near as bad as that one. I’m just saying.

  • Brenda Thomas

    Shame,shame on him he was nothing and will be nothing

  • Anonymous

    Ventura successfully argued the information in the book was incorrect and his speaking opportunities dried up after the book’s publication resulting in opportunity damages.

  • RightVote

    The Media, from the beginning said The Ventura Case was a Loser !
    Funny, I thought the same thing about Obama !
    Winners, Both !
    Weren’t we Wrong !!!!!

  • soybomb315

    Ric, you act like this is some neighborly dispute….It is not….This is national publicity stuff and one person made millions of dollars selling a lie.

    For some people, all they have is their name. Ventura was put through the ringer cuz of this thing – with Kyle going all over national media telling this story. Ventura repeatedly asked Kyle to retract the story from the book -but Kyle refused.

    It’s easy to demand Ventura just go away….But have you ever been wronged at this level? Ego or no ego, it would still make your blood boil and you would want justice.

  • Anonymous

    So now who pays her legal fees?
    Jesse Venturas lawyerys will want their money and will go after Mrs. Kyle

  • Anonymous

    Poor Jesse…I believe him when he says that he has lost millions in his own rite since the book came out. No one offers him lots of money to come talk anymore, so sad. But, it’s not like he’s broke and about to be living on the streets, or at least he’s only broke in the manner Hillary is. But let’s look at this another way: Would a “real deal” SEAL, as Jesse claims to be, actually go after a brother SEAL’s widow like this, even if he was in the right, and Kyle had lied in the book? NO, he wouldn’t. He’d just suck it up and carry on. Jesse has now totally dishonored himself among the SpecOps community, along with all the other honorable men and women in the country, and he did it for money. Despicable!

  • Anonymous

    If you’re going to bash someone for grammar, you should nail it yourself. You said “Grammars not great either.” That is improper grammar. The word ‘grammar’s’ is a contraction joining ‘grammar’ and ‘is’. Instead of making a contraction you left the apostrophe out and made a plural which is incorrect in your comment. When you start nitpicking about stupid minutiae you sure look stupid when you make the same sort of mistake.

  • Anonymous

    The trial was in St Paul Mn the same state that elected the puke.

  • Anonymous

    Why would anyone think 9-11 is an inside job? Why do they think WTC7 was brought down by a controlled blast? Why do they repeat that the hole in the side of the Pentagon was only a few feet in diameter? Why do they say no bodies were found at the Pentagon? Well, they do it as they are ignorant. Some people will believe anything when it comes from “experts” (with no formal training).

  • Anonymous

    Almost anything coming from Alex Jones is pure insanity. Jones has no obvious compulsion to tell the truth. I have people putting him in the expert class, even when he is uninformed and purposefully lies to his listeners.

  • AsSeenOnTv

    Then something is fishy with the reporting.. Because you’re saying majority decision and the story from K11 news from Minneapolis said they couldn’t reach a unanimous decision.

  • Anonymous

    If Kyle believed his account of the fight was true, then why would he want to retract the comments? Ventura would be ahead of the game had he said it was true, but misunderstood. Considering both men had no reason to lie.

  • Guest

    “‘It’s a stunning and shameful outcome’, and Glenn responded”

    That CIA-turkey-shooter Kyle was a shameless liar, which was proven in court. O’reilly is another one; his no-spin zone should be renamed no-spine zone. Did you notice how neither O’reilly or the very effeminate Glenn has what it takes to actually repeat the lies they tell face-to-face with Jesse V.?

    Glenn shall never be half the man Jesse is…..and O’reilly is terrified of anybody he thinks can’t be bullied…….

    Fox News is a complete disgrace; it tells and retells a narrative full of lies. It’s the most warmongering news network in America.

  • Anonymous

    Hopefully the publisher should have insurance to cover that. If he tries to harm the widow, he is a slime.

  • Anonymous

    Juries make mistakes too often.

  • You’reNoGandhi

    “‘It’s a stunning and shameful outcome’, and Glenn responded”

    That CIA-turkey-shooter Kyle was a shameless liar, which was proven in court. O’reilly is another one; his no-spin zone should be renamed no-spine zone. Did you notice how neither O’reilly or the very effeminate Glenn has what it takes to actually repeat the lies they tell face-to-face with Jesse V.?

    Glenn shall never be half the man Jesse is…..and O’reilly is terrified of anybody he thinks can’t be bullied…….

    Fox News is a complete disgrace; it tells and retells a narrative full of lies. It’s the most warmongering news network in America.

  • Anonymous

    The “Truther’s” are simple minded fools. Ventura’s TV show was simply a means of making money off of ignorant people.

  • Anonymous

    A bully who beats on a widow after her husband can no longer punch him out?
    We don’t need Jesse Ventura on TV or anywhere esle – he has shot his reputation to hell in a hand basket.
    Vehtura’s reputation was ended when he talked openly about soliciting prostitutes. His continued lawsuit against Kyles estate was to feed Vednturas disdain for honorable women.
    The jury could not give a unanimous decsion
    How is that preserving a reputation in anyones mind?

  • Anonymous

    Sure they do. So, why doesn’t Glenn discuss whether the court made a mistake in Ventura’s case instead of broadcasting how much he dislikes Ventura as a person.

  • Anonymous

    You need to ask Glenn.

  • Angela Trimberger Woods

    Why is there an ad of maggots on your page, or whatever that gross stuff is? YUCK!!!

  • Kimberly Brandal Disu

    Kyle never accepted any royalties from the book so the $1.8 million the widow has to pay now is not coming out of the book sales. So actually it could be possible that this will cause some major financial hardships for his wife and children. Bankrupt them? Who knows. But $1.8 million is a lot of money considering the book only brought in about $3 million since 2012 and Kyle didn’t accept any of it.

    “American Sniper became a major success, hitting No. 1 on the New York Times bestsellers’ list where it remained for seven weeks.
    Kyle took none of the royalties from the book, according to his publisher, William Morrow, and DeFelice. DeFelice said Kyle donated his royalties to the families of two Navy Seals, Marc Lee and Ryan Job, who fought alongside him in a 2006 battle that led to their deaths.”

    Read more here: http://www.star-telegram.com/2013/02/03/4596644/sheriff-navy-seal-and-friend-shot.html#storylink=cpy

  • Anonymous

    I did.

  • Sean Walton

    Sounds like the Biblical widow who asked for help from Elisha against her creditors. The creditors didn’t care that she didn’t have the money and were perfectly fine with selling her children into slavery. Does anyone see it differently?

  • soybomb315

    So then there is no reason to character assasinate Ventura

  • Anonymous

    I’m no lawyer, but in a civil suit, isn’t the burden on the defendant to prove they’re innocent? How could Kyle’s widow do that with Kyle gone?

  • Troy Jones

    Jesse Ventura is a has been one time coulda shoulda, and now you can add widow kicking dirt bag to the list. He deserves a throat punch.

  • jkdubs2

    Have you even seriously listened to Alex Jones? Ya he’s an energetic guy but he’s legit and his guests are legit. I’ve been following beck and jones for awhile and beck will come out with info that I hears jones talk about months, sometimes years beforehand and beck calls it breaking news. For instance the special beck did on all the people in bush and obama’s administration that were in the MBrotherhood I had personally known about for a year or two beforehand due to jones. Not saying beck steals jones’ info but beck is definatley late to the game. Jones doesn’t even consider it stealing, he says its free information and he is happy that beck has looked at his analysis of it. This chris kyle story shows how beck is not being completely honest with his viewers. Jones doesn’t do this kind of thing and if he does happen to be wrong he apoligizes publicly on his show. I’ve always said that Glen beck opened my eyes but Jones got me out of bed.

  • Anonymous

    Yes I have listened to Jones. He is an embarrassment to America. He is so over the top, and so wrong so much of the time, I find him obnoxious.

  • Anonymous

    You are a special kind of crazy. You are the only person Jesse has left so keep your hands on your wallet. You’re both freaks.

  • Dennis

    You’re wrong on this one, Glenn. This is a legal matter and not an emotional matter. Kyle was wrong in his book, he defamed Ventura, did not correct the error and now his estate is responsible for correcting the problem.

    With your antics on the border, babysitting the criminals with soccer balls and stuffed toys, you’re on a roll.

  • ray

    and you do hate America soy….. all liberals do that is a fact, or you wouldn’t be trying to change it so much that it is a laughing stock of foreign countries now.

  • ray

    taking a few tricks from liberals, whom are not all dirt bags just but its pretty close …..btw Beck bot was meant as an insult so therefore you just used a little of the playground name calling you were trying to call crassus out on….. a bit hypocritical isn’t it?

  • Anonymous

    Ventura is a pathetic joke! Shameless, and as low as a man can get.

  • soybomb315

    You are more liberal than i am. And you are in love with neo-america while i am not.

  • ray

    The liberal way is to sue, even for things they brought on themselves, we should start making nonsense lawsuits a felony punished by the time in jail from the beginning of the lawsuit until it is all done in the court system, then maybe not so many people would be trying these lets get rich quick schemes.

  • soybomb315

    i suppose both sides agreed for majority decision when it became apparent that unanimous would not happen?