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Johnny Depp: Amber Heard asks court to declare a mistrial in Johnny Depp defamation case over issue with jurror

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Attorneys for Amber Heard have requested the courtroom to declare a mistrial and order a brand new trial within the defamation case along with her ex-husband Johnny Depp.

In courtroom paperwork dated July 8 within the circuit courtroom of Fairfax County, Virginia, which supplemented an earlier submitting, attorneys for Heard declare the knowledge on the jury panel checklist despatched to counsel forward of trial seems doesn’t seem to match the demographics of one of many jurors.

Juror 15 was apparently born in 1970, however the summons to be a juror was for somebody of the identical final identify born in 1945, the courtroom paperwork declare.

“Juror No. 15 was not the person summoned for jury responsibility on April 11, 2022 and due to this fact was not a part of the jury panel and couldn’t have correctly served on the jury at this trial,” the memorandum reads. “Subsequently, a mistrial needs to be declared and a brand new trial ordered.”

The paperwork state that Juror 15 and the person initially summoned to serve on the jury each stay on the similar tackle.

“Because the Court docket little doubt agrees, it’s deeply troubling for a person not summoned for jury responsibility nonetheless to look for jury responsibility and serve on a jury, particularly in a case similar to this,” the submitting continues.

It’s unclear if the courtroom was conscious of the alleged error previous to the trial.

CNN has reached out to the courtroom and to Depp’s attorneys for remark. Depp’s attorneys have 30 days to reply Heard’s movement.

The courtroom submitting argues that Heard’s due course of was compromised if the person was not the identical particular person on the checklist, or if the clerk didn’t confirm his or her id.

Heard and Depp have been each discovered chargeable for defamation of their lawsuits towards one another final month, however the jury awarded $15 million in damages to Depp and solely $2 million to Heard.

In a submitting final week, Heard’s legal professionals beforehand raised the potential problem of the juror and claimed the damages awarded to Depp have been extreme and unsupported by the proof at trial. In addition they accused Depp of counting on “time-barred and judicially privileged statements as the idea for his defamation by innuendo claims.”

CNN’s Kristina Sgueglia and Mirna Alsharif contributed to this report.