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Legally, Jesse Ventura was entirely correct in his lawsuit against the estate of Chris Kyle, and he surmounted a pretty high barrier in order to win. Yet, what's legal and what's right are entirely different things, and as my old legal history professor at Duquesne University used to say, when they meet it's a happy accident. So yes, the court and the jury were probably in the right.
This is a matter of winning the battle but losing the war. The central objective for Ventura was supposedly to restore his reputation from a slander. Yet the means and the outcome did not do that. While he might have cleared his name from an accusation provoking and losing a bar fight through a really dumb, offensive and punch in the face-worthy statement, he managed to open himself up to new accusations of being a bullying douchebag. These cannot be fought in court, as Ventura's own words and actions are the most compelling evidence.
Further, as a European special forces friend emphasized to me a while back, SEALs are national treasures, a very special community, a brotherhood in which membership is earned, not bought or given. Ventura managed to work his way in, legitimately, and then get himself ostracized decades later, just as legitimately.
So while the original lawsuit was understandable, and from a legal perspective the verdict and damages were correct, he failed to achieve his central victory condition, which was to restore his reputation. Indeed, it is worse off now than it was before Chris Kyle's murder. Likewise, I have to ask, how many people would even know about Kyle's apparent lie without this suit against his estate and his widow? Pursuing legal action against the estate put the alleged defamation on a lot more radar.
So Jesse, if the phone rings, it's probably King Pyrrhus. He wants his victory back.