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Amber Heard denied mistrial in Johnny Depp case over juror fraud



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Amber Heard at the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Virginia on June 1, 2022 when a verdict is reached in Johnny Depp case.

Amber Heard on the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Virginia on June 1, 2022 when a verdict is reached in Johnny Depp case. (Picture: Reuters)

Amber Heard is not getting a brand new trial in her defamation case towards Johnny Depp. Decide Penney Azcarate, who oversaw the six-week spectacle, denied the actress’s attempt to toss the verdict and $10.35 million judgment.

Attorneys for the Aquaman star, 36, had been in search of a mistrial on a number of grounds. One argument they made was that there was an obvious case of mistaken identification with Juror 15 in that the fallacious particular person from a family reported to courtroom. In her order on Wednesday, the choose mentioned that the juror crammed out the jury questionnaire correctly and was questioned by either side.

“The events additionally questioned the jury panel for a full day and knowledgeable the Court docket that the jury panel was acceptable,” Azcarate wrote. “Subsequently, due course of was assured and supplied to all events on this litigation … there is no such thing as a proof of fraud or wrongdoing.”

The choose added, “Defendant doesn’t allege Juror 15’s inclusion on the jury prejudiced her in any approach. The juror was vetted, sat for your complete jury, deliberated, and reached a verdict. The one proof earlier than this Court docket is that this juror and all jurors adopted their oaths, the Court docket’s directions, and orders. This Court docket is sure by the competent choice of the jury.”

Heard has but to talk out concerning the newest authorized blow.

Authorized specialists advised Yahoo Leisure earlier this week that Heard did not have grounds for a mistrial.

“The legislation in Virginia doesn’t assist Amber’s declare that she was denied due course of due to the difficulty with Juror 15. Her crew had the chance to query the juror or to lift this concern at the moment with the choose. Heard’s crew accepted this jury panel with the data that they’d then and there’s no new data that come out since. That they had the checklist of jurors that recognized the juror data and birthdate. This movement is a grasp, not an actual chance,” authorized analyst Emily D. Baker defined.

Depp sued Heard for $50 million over a 2018 op-ed she wrote wherein she claimed she suffered bodily and sexual abuse. Though she did not title her ex-husband, the jury agreed it was moderately inferred to be the Pirates of the Caribbean star. Depp particularly sued over three elements he mentioned had been defamatory and killed his profession. Depp gained on all three with the jury ruling that Heard was by no means abused — emotionally or bodily — by the actor even as soon as. He was awarded $15 million, however attributable to Virginia state legislation, it nets out at $10.35 million.

Heard countersued Depp for $100 million over statements the actor’s lawyer made to the press. She gained one out of the three and was awarded $2 million in damages. The actress did not settle with Depp, which lawyers hinted was on the table, and can doubtless attraction.

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