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Well, now he has won a lawsuit. Whether he has “cleared his name” is another issue, but we do know this: The public outrage seems to have registered within the Ventura camp. The Associated Press is reporting that Mr. Ventura’s lawyer, David Bradley, insists an insurance company will pay all of the damages and costs. “‘This money does not come out of a widow’s pocket; it comes from an insurance company,’ Mr. Olsen said.”

Not so, according to John Borger, the Kyles’ attorney. While attorneys’ fees are covered, “insurance won’t cover everything. [Mr. Borger] said it will cover the $500,000 awarded for defamation, but not the $1.3 million for unjust enrichment,” according to The AP’s article.

There are clearly no winners here, and yet a little compassion and perspective could have changed everything for everyone involved, especially someone worried about his reputation even after a veteran, husband and father had been fatally shot.

Tammy Bruce is a radio talk-show host, author and Fox News contributor.