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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A 32-year-old man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for having inappropriate sexual contact with a child under the age of 12. The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Minnesota said Joseph Valerian Parshall was sentenced on Monday.
A 31-year-old Minneapolis man was sentenced to more than 18 years in prison in Minneapolis Federal Court on Tuesday in the April 2012 armed robbery of the West 7th Pharmacy in St. Paul. Michael Brooks Bynum had been charged with one count of interference with commerce by robbery and one count of possession of a firearm in a crime of violence in connection with the April 3, 2012 incident.
A Minnesota man has been indicted on a federal charge that he stole more than $182,000 from ATMs while working as an armored truck driver. Thirty-one-year-old Christopher James Diestler was charged this week with one count of bank larceny.
A 25-year-old Red Lake woman was arrested Sunday after being charged murder in Minneapolis Federal Court in the death of Bryan James Lussier. Alison Ann Brown has been charged with one count of murder in connection with the case and is currently in police custody.