A few weeks ago, Jesse Ventura won a lawsuit against the estate of Chris Kyle, and a judge ruled that the American sniper’s widow Taya would have to pay Ventura a staggering $1.8 million.
If Ventura thought he’d gotten the best of Taya Kyle, he was very wrong.
Last week, Taya filed an appeal with the 8th Circuit court to get the decision reversed. Now, the mainstream media and scholars alike have rallied behind Taya, with many outlets signing an official friend-of-the-court media brief with the 8th Circuit Court. The brief tells the court that there was no basis in common law for them to award Ventura the $1.8 million.
While the mainstream media usually shuns conservatives like the Kyles, this time they have chosen to rally behind the army widow as she tries to take on Ventura. The New York Times, the Washington Post, the American Society of News Editors, National Public Radio, the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and the Minnesota Newspaper Association all gladly signed the media brief.
Legal experts also agree Ventura did not deserve all that money. First amendment lawyer Floyd Abrams says it’s unprecedented for jurors to award Ventura a portion of the profits of the book American Sniper for only a libel case.
“An award of profits has nothing to do with the harm suffered by the plaintiff; it is punishment, plain and simple,” he wrote, according to Star Tribune.
With the mainstream media on her side for once, it seems likely the Taya will get the decision reversed. Ventura can’t be happy about this, because it’s looking like he’s in big trouble!