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Jury in Ventura Defamation Trial Breaks for the Weekend

Updated: 07/28/2014 4:43 PM
Created: 07/25/2014 5:46 AM KSTP.com

The fourth day of deliberations has ended without a verdict in the trial over former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura's defamation lawsuit against late Navy SEAL Chris Kyle.

The jury will break for the weekend and restart deliberations Monday morning.
    
On Friday, jurors returned to the courthouse to get back to work following about 19 hours of deliberation since they received the case Tuesday. They have now deliberated for nearly 25 hours.
    
Ventura says Kyle defamed him by fabricating a story in his best-seller "American Sniper" about decking Ventura in a California bar in 2006 after Ventura allegedly said Navy SEALs "deserve to lose a few."
    
To rule for Ventura, the jury must find by "clear and convincing evidence" that Kyle knew or believed his story was false, or that Kyle had serious doubts about whether it was true.
    
Ventura's attorney has asked for millions in damages.
    
Kyle died in Texas last year.

Hamline Law Professor Joe Daly weighed in on why the jury is taking this long to deliberate. He says defamation cases are complex, and the instructions for the jury are typically long. He says if the jury had already determined that there was no defamation, the case would be over. He believes the jury is likely debating how much money Ventura is owed, but he says it's hard to know.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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