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INTERVIEW: U of M Media Law Prof. Weighs in on Jury's Verdict in Ventura Case

Updated: 07/29/2014 5:56 PM
Created: 07/29/2014 5:44 PM KSTP.com
By: Megan Matthews

Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura has won his defamation case against "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle.

The verdict was announced around 1:20 p.m. Tuesday. The federal jury awarded Ventura $500,000 for defamation and $1.3 million for unjust enrichment, which brings the total to $1.8 million.

University of Minnesota Media Law and Ethics Professor Jane Kirtley says the verdict is a victory for Ventura. The fact that attorneys agreed to let the jury reach a verdict that was not unanimous is a tactical decision, but not the decision she would have made in the situation.


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