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Supreme Court Shoots Down Jesse Ventura’s Appeal In $1.8 Million ‘American Sniper’ Verdict
The Supreme Court shot down an appeal by former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura to reinstate a $1.8 million verdict in his defamation case against the estate of slain Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle on Jan. 9, according to the Associated Press. The late Kyle was a former Navy SEAL and is widely regarded as the deadliest sniper in United States military history.
The case centers around Kyle’s autobiography “American Sniper,” which Ventura, himself a former SEAL, took issue with Kyle’s claim that he punched Ventura at a bar in California in 2006 after the former governor allegedly made offensive comments about SEALs.
Ventura has long held that Kyle made up the entire incident and that the book damaged his reputation among former SEALs in particular and the military at large.
Jesse Ventura loses appeal to reinstate $1.8 million award in defamation case against 'American Sniper' Chris Kyle and his estate pic.twitter.com/7UxWASxTpT
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The former governor was originally awarded $500,000 for defamation and $1.3 million for unjust enrichment against the Kyle’s estate in 2014, but on June 13, 2016 the U.S. 8th District Court of Appeals overturned the decision, and yesterday’s case upheld it.
The June 2016 ruling overturned the unjust enrichment award on grounds that it did not apply in that case, according to a 2016 report from the Associated Press. For unjust enrichment to apply, Ventura would have had to prove he had a pre-existing contractual relationship with Kyle, which he did not. The defamation award was also reversed and the case was remanded for a new defamation trial because two of the three judges found Ventura’s attorneys improperly let the jury hear that the book’s publisher Harper Collins had an insurance policy to cover a defamation award and attorney fees.
“From our review, these unsupported, improper, and prejudicial statements were not heat of the moment argument, but were strategic and calculated,” the judges wrote, noted the Associated Press.
Jurors would be less hesitant to issue a substantial defamation award if they knew Kyle’s widow, Tara Kyle was covered by an insurance policy, said the appellate court according to the Star Tribune.
The case could return to Minnesota for a new trial.
It has been a deadly year for Green Berets, with every active-duty Special Forces Group losing a valued soldier in Afghanistan or Syria.
A total of 12 members of the Army special operations forces community have died in 2019, according to U.S. Army Special Operations Command. All but one of those soldiers were killed in combat.
In Afghanistan, Army special operators account for 10 of the 17 U.S. troops killed so far this year. Eight of the fallen were Green Berets. Of the other two soldiers, one was attached to the 10th Special Forces Group and the other was a Ranger.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Documents from the Pentagon show that "far more taxpayer funds" were spent by the U.S. military on overnight stays at a Trump resort in Scotland than previously known, two Democratic lawmakers said on Wednesday, as they demanded more evidence from the Defense Department as part of their investigation.
In a letter to Defense Secretary Mark Esper, the heads of the House of Representatives Oversight Committee and one of it subcommittees said that while initial reports indicated that only one U.S. military crew had stayed at President Donald Trump's Turnberry resort southeast of Glasgow, the Pentagon had now turned over data indicating "more than three dozen separate stays" since Trump moved into the White House.
QUANTICO, Va. -- Marines who spend much of their day lifting hefty ammunition or moving pallets full of gear could soon get a helping hand.
The Marine Corps is close to signing a deal to test an exoskeleton prototype that can help a single person move as much as several leathernecks combined.
The Air Force is working on a ‘flying car’ to replace the V-22 Osprey — and it could take flight sooner than you think
'Agility Prime' sounds like a revolutionary new video streaming service, or a parkour-themed workout regimen, or Transformers-inspired niche porno venture.
But no, it's the name of the Air Force's nascent effort to replace the V-22 Osprey with a militarized flying car — and it's set to take off sooner than you think.
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