Appeal rejected in case against 'American Sniper' author's estate

 

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The Supreme Court rejected former Minn. Gov. Jesse Ventura’s bid for reinstatement of a $1.8 million verdict in his defamation case against Chris Kyle.

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Monday, January 9, 2017, 12:12 PM

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court has turned away former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura’s bid for reinstatement of a $1.8 million verdict in his defamation case against the estate of slain Navy SEAL and “American Sniper” author Chris Kyle.

The justices did not comment Monday in leaving intact a decision by the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to upend the verdict. Kyle’s autobiography was the basis for the 2014 film “American Sniper.”

Ventura, a former SEAL, took issue with Kyle’s claim that Kyle punched Ventura at a California bar in 2006 for offensive comments about the SEALs.

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Chris Kyle, a former Navy SEAL and author of the book “American Sniper,” was killed in 2013.

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Ventura said Kyle made up the entire incident and that the book damaged Ventura’s reputation among former SEALs. A jury had sided with Ventura.

The case could return to Minnesota for a new trial.

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