Ventura is seen at the federal building in St. Paul, Minn., on July 8, which was the first day of jury selection in his defamation lawsuit. Jim Mone/AP hide caption toggle caption Jim Mone/AP The Two-Way Jury Awards Former Gov. Ventura Nearly $2 Million In Defamation Case July 29, 2014 Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura said his reputation had been damaged by an account of a fight in a book. In a split verdict, a federal jury agreed with him.