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Judge Considers Tossing Lawsuit Filed By Jesse Ventura Against Chris Kyle’s Widow

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U.S. District Judge Richard Kyle is considering throwing out a defamation lawsuit filed by Jesse Ventura against 'American Sniper' Chris Kyle's widow, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

First, a here's a little background on the case. As Home Post previously reported, ex-Navy SEAL Jesse Ventura filed a defamation lawsuit in 2012 against Kyle over an alleged bar fight in Coronado in 2006.

Ventura claims Chris Kyle defamed him in his memoir American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History.

The Minneapolis Star Tribune explains...

In a section of his book called “Punching Out Scruff Face,” Kyle describes a confrontation with a “celebrity” at a 2006 wake for a Navy SEAL. He claimed “Scruff Face” made disparaging remarks about the war, the United States and President George W. Bush, provoking Kyle to punch him in the face.

Kyle later identified "Scruff Face" as Ventura.

Kyle, 38, was shot to death alongside Chad Littlefield at the Rough Creek Lodge and Resort shooting range, roughly 50 miles southwest of Fort Worth, in February 2013. The man charged with killing Kyle and Littlefield is a Marine veteran who allegedly was suffering from PTSD.

Attorney John Borger, who represents Chris Kyle's estate, argued in a St. Paul federal courtroom this week that the witnesses who support Ventura's claim that there was no altercation between Ventura and Kyle weren't even in the bar that night.

Ventura's lawyer, David Bradley Olsen, vehemently disagreed with Borger's assertions in the hearing.

Judge Kyle (no relation to Chris) said of the lawsuit:

"It's an interesting case. I'll say that for it."

He said he would take the case under consideration a make a ruling "later."


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USN_retired | February 1, 2014 at 12:10 p.m. ― 2 months, 2 weeks ago

"Jesse Ventura" is through. This case showed that he lied about being on a SEAL team, that his witnesses weren't even there and all the people who have come forward to confirm that he was saying our troops deserved to get killed can't be making it up. He deserved to get punched and should just go back to Mexico.

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Alex123 | February 1, 2014 at 10:03 p.m. ― 2 months, 2 weeks ago

Kyle was a coward that hid in a bush and shot people in the back. Then he lied about Ventura to SELL A BOOK.

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Alex123 | February 1, 2014 at 10:06 p.m. ― 2 months, 2 weeks ago

USN_retired is not being honest at all. And the kicker is that he reveals he thinks people deserve to be assaulted. Speaks volumes about the supporters of a government thug that went around murdering farmers and sheperds who just want to be left alone.

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Missionaccomplished | February 1, 2014 at 10:59 p.m. ― 2 months, 2 weeks ago

Agreed, military's use of snipers is cowardly.

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wildcatt268 | February 2, 2014 at 2:47 p.m. ― 2 months, 2 weeks ago

Our military snipers play an essential combat role. They shoot bad guys before they can shoot our guys. They are also used for "counter-sniper" roles, for same purpose. They generally operate only with their spotter, are experts at stocking and setting up in hides to accomplish their mission. Anyone calling a sniper a "coward" is probably not an experienced combat infantryman. I am and appreciate our snipers' courage and dedication to protecting their fellow infantrymen. How did you develop such a low opinion of snipers? Reading "Sargent Rock" comic books?

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lastboyscout | February 13, 2014 at 7:50 p.m. ― 2 months ago

yup its so true that the US military is nothing but a terroist organization . All they do is attact innocent woman and children . and cowardly snipers hiding in a tree is the lowest form of life when caught they are tortured to death for there back stabbing style of killing .. and this Kyle charcter was nothing but a lying scum and when he attracted too much attention with his lies his own army had him killed to shut him up . But it didnt work jessie kept up the law suit against his publisher and they should pay and appolgizes for making up lies about the governor ventura ! Keep going Jessie

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d11 | February 18, 2014 at 7:51 a.m. ― 1 month, 4 weeks ago

I agree that our military is not always the best guy, but when you are standing behind a bigot and known liar for fame like Ventura then you see the sad state of our country. Chris Kyle was a great man, and he saved countless American infantryman by his tactics. Calling a sniper a coward is like someone calling a horse a steer. If you haven't been to the shit you don't know shit, end of conversation. My unit was pinned down and out numbered, it was a Canadian scout sniper team who put us back on our feet and let us accomplish our mission without losing a brother. To recount; did Jesse Ventura deserve to get hit? No, Kyle should have shown restraint. Do I understand as a human and former infantrymanwhy Kyle got angry? Yes you bet your ass I do. Ventura should have kept his big mouth shut and had some dignity(that's a joke he doesn't). The only reason this suit is still going is because venturas 5 minutes of fame has been over for 10. Also Jesse Ventura never served in the military, was never on a seal team, and the whole situation did happen unlike Jesse Ventura said.

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d11 | February 18, 2014 at 8:14 a.m. ― 1 month, 4 weeks ago

Edit: phone auto input never infront of served, he did serve in the navy as a member of UTD 12 ie a frogman, not a seal.

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harddazeknight | February 21, 2014 at 10:16 p.m. ― 1 month, 3 weeks ago

ATTN: Beth Ford Roth
Jesse Ventura is not and has never been a Navy SEAL, therefore cannot be an ex-Navy SEAL! There were 5 SEALs, and wives, who witnessed the altercation between Chris Kyle and Ventura and have given sworn depositions concerning the occurrence. Kyle was a highly respected member of the SEAL community in which Ventura is not welcome.

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