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Ventura Jury Ends Day 3 of Deliberations with No Verdict

Updated: 07/28/2014 4:44 PM
Created: 07/24/2014 5:57 AM KSTP.com

The jury in former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura's defamation trial has wrapped up day three of deliberations with no verdict.

The jury is deliberating whether Chris Kyle, a man regarded as the deadliest sniper in U.S. military history, defamed Ventura in his memoir.

The jury asked the judge a question on Thursday in the middle of deliberations; however, what that question was hasn't been released.
   
Ventura says Chris Kyle made up a story in his best-seller "American Sniper" about decking him in a California bar in 2006 after Ventura supposedly insulted Navy SEALs. Ventura testified it never happened.
    
Jurors got the case midday Tuesday.
    
To rule in Ventura's favor, 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. Kyle died last year.
    
Ventura's attorney has asked for millions of dollars in damages.

Mike Steenson, a professor at William Mitchell College of Law, weighed in on why deliberations are taking so long. He says the jury could have already decided whether Ventura was defamed and be working on the damages question.  He says it could be that the jury is having a difficult time putting a dollar amount on the damages.

The Associated Press Contributed to the Story.


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