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Associated Press, Published June 17 2013

Ventura wants "American Sniper" lawsuit to proceed

MINNEAPOLIS — Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura is asking a judge to allow his defamation lawsuit against slain “American Sniper” author Chris Kyle to go forward by substituting Kyle's widow as the defendant.

In part of the book, Kyle claims he decked Ventura in 2006 over unpatriotic remarks he says Ventura made. Ventura says the punch never happened.

Attorneys for Ventura argued in federal court Monday that Ventura has the right to restore his reputation, and Kyle's estate will continue to make money from book sales. Kyle's attorneys say going forward will damage Ventura even more, painting him as someone who has no feelings for widows of war heroes.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Arthur Boylan took the arguments under advisement.

Kyle and a friend were killed in February at a Texas gun range.

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