Minnesota ex-Governor Ventura wins defamation suit against former Navy SEAL

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Posted: Jul 29, 2014 2:38 PM

ST PAUL Minn. (Reuters) - A federal jury in St. Paul on Tuesday ruled that former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura had been defamed by a passage in a book by a former Navy SEAL who claimed the two had gotten into a bar fight.

The jury awarded more than $1.3 million in damages. Ventura sued the estate of former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, saying his reputation was left in shambles by the passage in a book by Kyle.

(Reporting by Art Hughes; Writing Jon Herskovitz; Editing by Eric Beech)