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Ventura Wins ‘American Sniper’ Defamation Case

A jury awarded former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura $1.8 million on Tuesday in his lawsuit against the estate of “American Sniper” author Chris Kyle. On the sixth day of deliberations, the federal jury decided that the author of the 2012 best-selling book defamed Ventura in its description of a bar fight in California in 2006.

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Podcast Page: 7-29-14 The WCCO Morning News With Dave Lee

Miss something from Tuesday’s show? Click the link above to head to Dave’s Podcast Page!

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Jury Can’t Reach Verdict In Ventura Defamation Case

The jury told the judge early Monday afternoon it could not reach a unanimous verdict in the Jesse Ventura defamation lawsuit trial. The judge told the jury to give it one more chance or the case would need to be retried.

07/28/2014

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Day 4 Of Deliberation In Ventura Trial Ends With No Verdict

The jury weighing whether former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura was defamed by the author of “American Sniper” has ended the week without a verdict. Jurors are scheduled to resume deliberations Monday.

07/25/2014

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Jury Reaches No Verdict In Ventura Defamation Case

There’s still no verdict as jurors try to decide whether a decorated military sniper libeled former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura in his best-selling memoir. Jurors deliberated from about 9 a.m. until about 4 p.m. Wednesday before leaving the federal courthouse in St. Paul. They received the case around noon Tuesday.

07/23/2014

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Jurors Start Considering Ventura Defamation Case

An attorney for the estate of “American Sniper” author Chris Kyle says former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura has failed to prove he was defamed in Kyle’s book. Ventura accused Kyle of making up a story in which he said he punched Ventura in a California bar in 2006 after Ventura made remarks critical of Navy SEALs.

07/22/2014

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St. Paul Federal Judge To Rule On MN Sex Offender Case

A case about the constitutionality of the Minnesota’s sex offender treatment program is heading to federal court. Attorney Dan Gustafson is representing 24-year-old Eric Terhaar. Both Terhaar and 48-year-old Rhonda Bailey are both trying to get released from the program.

07/18/2014

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Ventura’s SEAL Teammate Testifies In Defamation Trial

Former Gov. Jesse Ventura’s old Navy SEAL teammates are marching to his defense at his defamation trial in a St Paul federal court. Ventura is suing deceased “American Sniper” author Chris Kyle for claiming he “punched out” Ventura for making offensive, unpatriotic comments at a California bar.

07/10/2014

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Slain Sniper Author Didn’t Fear Ventura Lawsuit

Jurors in Jesse Ventura’s defamation case on Wednesday watched video testimony from a slain military sniper, who said he didn’t fear being sued for claiming in his autobiography that he had punched the former Minnesota governor inside a bar. Ventura claims “American Sniper” author Chris Kyle, a former Navy SEAL who was fatally shot last year at a Texas gun range.

07/09/2014

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Ventura Heads To Court In Libel Case

Jesse Ventura will head to federal court Tuesday morning in an effort to protect his name. The former Minnesota Governor filed suit against Navy SEAL, Chris Kyle, the author of “American Sniper.” Ventura claims Kyle lied about a fight between them. “Libel cases are supposedly about restoring your reputation,” professor Jane Kirtley, with the University of Minnesota, said.

07/07/2014

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Inside The Razor Wire, Part 4: Lawmakers & The MN Sex Offender Program

Minnesota lawmakers have a difficult job ahead. They must decide what to do about the Minnesota Sex Offender Program, now that a federal judge has ruled that it is broken and in need of repair.

03/06/2014

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Ex-Republic Airlines pilot pleads guilty to threat

A former Republic Airlines pilot has pleaded guilty to threatening to torture and kill the company’s CEO and his family. The U.S. attorney’s office says 37-year-old Matthew Richard Walker, of Faribault, Minn., entered the plea Monday in federal court in Kansas City. Prosecutors said one threatening letter was discovered in August 2012 in the cockpit of an aircraft that was parked at Reagan National Airport in Washington.

02/10/2014

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Man Accused Of Taking Army IDs To Stay In Custody

A federal judge has ordered that a Minnesota man accused of stealing identification information from members of his former Army unit will stay in custody pending trial. Keith Michael Novak is charged with fraud in connection with identity theft.

01/03/2014

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Federal Courts Stay Open If Government Closes

The federal court in Minnesota wants you to know the judiciary will continue normal operations in the event of a government shutdown. About 800,000 federal workers could be furloughed beginning Tuesday if Congress fails to approve a temporary spending bill to keep the government running.

09/27/2013

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Coin Dealer Sentenced To Prison For Bilking Investors Out Of $3.3M

A 53-year-old Excelsior coin dealer was sentenced Thursday in federal court for defrauding customers and investors out of more than $3.3 million. David Laurence Marion was sentenced to 60 months in prison for one count of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, and one count of money laundering.

08/29/2013

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