American Sniper Trial

Closings set in Ventura’s suit over sniper’s book


Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura, right, made his way back into Warren E. Burger Federal Building during the first day of jury selection in a defamation lawsuit, Tuesday, July 8, 2014 in St. Paul, Minn. Ventura filed the defamation lawsuit against the Chris Kyle estate, claiming that Kyle's account of a bar fight in a book he wrote was false. (AP Photo/The Star Tribune, Elizabeth Flores)

Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura, right, made his way back into Warren E. Burger Federal Building during the first day of jury selection in a defamation lawsuit, Tuesday, July 8, 2014 in St. Paul, Minn. Ventura filed the defamation lawsuit against the Chris Kyle estate, claiming that Kyle’s account of a bar fight in a book he wrote was false. (AP Photo/The Star Tribune, Elizabeth Flores)

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Closing arguments are set in former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura’s defamation lawsuit against the estate of “American Sniper” author Chris Kyle.

The case is expected to go to the federal jury in St. Paul after lawyers for both sides sum up their cases Tuesday.

Ventura says Kyle’s 2012 best-seller libeled him in its description of a bar fight in California in 2006. Kyle wrote that he decked a man identified in the book only as “Scruff Face” who allegedly said the Navy SEALs “deserve to lose a few.” Kyle later said the man was Ventura.

Ventura testified the incident never happened. Kyle insisted in testimony taped before he was killed in Texas last year that it did.

Legal experts say Ventura must clear a high legal bar to win.

Source: AP

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