Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura
A judge has rejected a request from the widow of “American Sniper” author Chris Kyle to order a new trial or set aside a jury’s verdict in favor of former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura. Ventura was awarded $1.8 million a defamation claim against Kyle.
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.
Attorneys for former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura and the estate of late “American Sniper” author Chris Kyle are disputing whether Kyle actually punched out Ventura in a barroom scrap. The episode formed a passage in Kyle’s autobiography, prompting Ventura to sue for defamation.