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She also testified that she and her husband had agreed to donate proceeds from the book to veterans’ causes and had made contributions to two families so far totaling $52,000, but that she was deterred from making more gifts by tax laws.
Borger also argued that Kyle is under constraints because if she gives away too much money now, she might not be able to pay Ventura if she loses the court case.
Olsen suggested in additional questioning of Kyle that she could have created a nonprofit and given away much more money than she has. Kyle said she had not had the time to set up such a nonprofit.
Ventura, dressed in a pinstripe suit, conferred off and on with his three attorneys throughout the day. He has stated he will not discuss the case with the news media until the trial is over.
He also said Wednesday that he would not talk about his current career, which until recently has included his own television shows. He has alleged in court documents that his job prospects in television have been damaged by the bad reputation he has gained from the allegations Kyle made about him in his book.
Ventura was governor from 1999 to 2003, running as a third-party candidate, and has occasionally been talked about as a possible independent candidate for president in 2016. Asked by a reporter about that Wednesday, Ventura said he would not discuss that, either.
As he left the federal courthouse in St. Paul at the conclusion of the day’s trial proceedings, Ventura was greeted by an admirer, Sue Ann Noll, who was in a wheelchair.
“May I shake your hand?” she asked him, stretching out her hand. Ventura shook it warmly. “I’ve got one of your T-shirts,” she told him.
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