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Ventura awarded 1.8 million in lawsuit

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Grand Forks ND 2220 South Washington

A federal jury in St. Paul has awarded former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura 1.8 million dollars in his lawsuit against the estate of "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle.

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The jury found the 2012 best-selling book libeled Ventura in describing a bar fight in California in 2006. Kyle wrote that he decked a man later identified as Ventura after the man allegedly said the Navy SEALs "deserve to lose a few." An attorney for Ventura said the former governor is grateful for the jury's decision, but that with his reputation damaged there are no real winners in the trial.

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