I have always had a soft spot for Jesse Ventura. I don’t know why, but I just like the guy. I think it is his honesty in the face of ridicule that gets to me. Being a 9/11 Truther is not a popular position for anyone to take. You are labelled as a whacko. I have always been very skeptical of the “official 9/11” story, and the recent plane crash in Ukraine only reinforced it for me. We saw broken bodies and plane parts, but in Shanksville, PA the plane conveniently disappeared down some mine shaft or something? I mean, c’mon! So I like that Jesse speaks his mind and I was interested in the result of the court case that he had taken against Chris Kyle, particularly in view of The Palin’s pronouncements. Back to matters at hand.
Jesse won his court case and was awarded $1.8 million. The jury believed that Chris Kyle had lied. And oh boy, Chris Kyle was some liar.
Courtesy of mpmacting.com
Here is a little background on Chris Kyle and his story: Kyle was a Navy SEAL sniper from Texas. He claims to be the deadliest sniper in American history with over 160 ‘confirmed’ kills. Confirmed kills are defined as kills with at least one other witness besides the shooter. Kyle served four tours of duty in Iraq and was awarded two Silver Stars and five Bronze Stars for Valor for his actions during the war. Upon returning to Texas after his tours of duty were over, he settled down with his wife and two kids, started a security firm and wrote a book about his experiences as a sniper. The book, American Sniper, became an instant success and propelled Chris Kyle into a sort of celebrity status. Kyle also worked helping other war veterans deal with PTSD when they returned from the war. On February 2, 2013, Chris brought a vet suffering from PTSD to a shooting range where the vet shot and killed both Chris Kyle and a friend.
In the lead up to the defamation case going to trial, all of the legal experts on television and in print said that it was highly unlikely that Jesse Ventura could win the case because the bar was set very high in defamation cases concerning celebrities. According to these various experts, in order for Ventura to win he would need to prove that not only did Chris Kyle lie about him, but also prove that he did so maliciously and that he prospered from it.
Despite the very high burden of proof, on July 19, 2014, Jesse Ventura, former Governor of Minnesota, WWF wrestler, TV show host and Former Navy SEAL (technically he was in the pre-cursor to SEALs, the UDT) won a defamation lawsuit against deceased former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, author of American Sniper to the tune of $1.8 million. In the book, Chris Kyle, claimed to have punched ‘Scruff-face’, later identified by Kyle as Jesse Ventura, in a SEAL bar in California after Ventura said some nasty things.
Of course, there wasn’t an ounce of truth to Kyle’s accusations. The author of this piece, Michael McCaffrey goes on to cite numerous examples of Kyle’s far-fetched tales. He basically made shit up and no one could verify it. Links to the New Yorker and The Washington Post corroborate this.