Deliberations resume in Ventura case

Published 10:22 am Monday, July 28, 2014

ST. PAUL — Jurors weighing whether former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura was defamed by “American Sniper” author Chris Kyle have begun their fifth day of deliberations.

They got the case last Tuesday and deliberated about 24½ hours last week. They returned to the federal courthouse in St. Paul on Monday morning to resume their work.

Ventura says Kyle defamed him by fabricating a story in his best-selling memoir. Kyle wrote he decked Ventura in a California bar in 2006 after Ventura allegedly said Navy SEALs “deserve to lose a few.”

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To rule for Ventura, the jury must find by “clear and convincing evidence” that Kyle knew or believed his story was false, or had serious doubts about its truth.

Ventura’s attorney has asked for millions in damages.

Kyle died in Texas last year.