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Monday, January 9, 2017

Ventura loses appeal to reinstate $1.8M verdict

Former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura lost an appeal that would have reinstated a $1.8 million award in his defamation case against the late “American Sniper” author Chris Kyle.

Randy Furst at the Minneapolis Star Tribune:

The justices, without comment, left intact a decision by the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which threw out the $1.8 million verdict awarded to Ventura after a 2014 trial in U.S. District Court in St. Paul.

Ventura has maintained that the best selling book, “American Sniper,” contained a fabricated account of a barroom fight in California in which Kyle said he punched Ventura and knocked him down after the ex-governor made disparaging remarks about Navy SEALs, President George Bush and U.S. involvement in the Iraq war.

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