Ventura plans to take defamation case to US Supreme Court

Published 9:57 am Friday, August 12, 2016

MINNEAPOLIS — Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura says he plans to take his defamation fight against the estate of slain Navy SEAL Chris Kyle to the U.S. Supreme Court.

In June, the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals tossed out a $1.8 million verdict awarded to Ventura against Kyle, the author of “American Sniper.” An appeals court recently denied Ventura’s request for a rehearing.

Ventura, a former SEAL, took issue with Kyle’s claim in his autobiography that he punched Ventura at a California bar in 2006 for making offensive comments about the SEALs. Kyle’s autobiography was the basis for a 2014 film.

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In an interview with the Star Tribune this week, Ventura said he and his attorney plan to take the case to the Supreme Court and face a second trial.