first published on June 14, 2016 by Will
The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has overturned the $1.8 million judgment awarded to actor, pro wrestler, veteran, and former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura for his unjust-enrichment and defamation lawsuit against the deceased Devil of Ramdi, Navy SEAL Chris Kyle’s estate.
The appeals court decided that Ventura’s legal council made unjust statements that led to the settlement and that the court was wrong in denying a new trial. The $1.35 million unjust-enrichment award was completely thrown out, and the $500,000 defamation case has been sent to a district court for a new trial.
Ventura initially sued Kyle after a passage in his book “American Sniper” claimed that he, Kyle, had punched out Ventura after the former pro Wrestler made the remark that the Navy SEALs “deserve to lose a few” in Iraq. Ventura said the event was totally fabricated by Kyle.
Regardless of whose side you’re taking, this is an absolute circus that is damaging to the SEALs and to combat veterans in general. While it’s easy to hate on Ventura, who was never in our wars, and is an obviously washed-up celeb trying to stay relevant and paid, it seems pretty obvious that Kyle has told a tall tale or two in his day. I mean come on, any time I hear the phrase “confirmed kill” the word “bullshit” instantly comes to mind.