This is not surprising. Former Minnesota governor and pro-wrestler Jesse “the Body” Ventura wants to substitute the wife of deceased hero Chris Kyle as the defendant in his defamation lawsuit which arises out of Chris Kyle’s book “American Sniper.”
Lawyers for Ventura have asked a federal court to continue his lawsuit against Chris Kyle — who was killed in February by a young veteran he was mentoring — by substituting Kyle’s wife, Taya, as the defendant. Ventura last year sued Kyle, a decorated former SEAL and author of “American Sniper,” claiming that the book’s description of a California bar fight defamed him.
“Although Kyle is deceased, his ‘American Sniper’ book continues to sell and it is soon to be made into a movie,” said Ventura’s motion, filed last week by Minneapolis attorney David Bradley Olsen.
Ventura’s lawyers said his claims survive Kyle’s death, and “it would be unjust to permit the estate to continue to profit from Kyle’s wrongful conduct and to leave Governor Ventura without redress for ongoing damage to his reputation.”
I’ll have to read up on my defamation law, but I doubt Ventura can sue Kyle’s widow, because she had nothing to do with the book. Moreover, Ventura is certainly a “public figure,” and therefore he has a tough row to hoe in order to be able to succeed in a defamation suit.
I have less than zero sympathy for Ventura, 9/11 Truther. Chris Kyle was an American hero and Ventura is showing that he’s the scum of the earth.