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Johnny Depp’s Team Calls Amber Heard’s Mistrial Claims “Misplaced”

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Although their shoppers have been elsewhere in the world, Johnny Depp and Amber Heard’s respective authorized groups are nonetheless in court docket as they proceed to put the groundwork for a doubtlessly prolonged post-trial course of. Heard’s team claimed in a filing earlier this month that Depp’s legal professionals had failed to supply proof to help his declare that Heard’s op-ed revealed in The Washington Submit in 2018, which didn’t identify Depp, prompted the actor damages by means of misplaced work. They added that Depp used the defamation trial to litigate the preliminary home violence claims that Heard made as she filed for divorce in 2016. Depp, they wrote, had his probability to problem the claims again then and settled as an alternative. 

Additionally, in a weird twist, Heard’s legal professionals alleged in a separate filing Friday that Juror 15 had lied about his age, and is presumably the son of the person really summoned for jury responsibility. Per the submitting, these two males “apparently” have the identical final identify and deal with. “Because the Courtroom little doubt agrees,” Heard’s crew, led by Elaine Bredehoft, wrote, “it’s deeply troubling for a person not summoned for jury responsibility nonetheless to seem for jury responsibility and serve on a jury, particularly in a case equivalent to this.” They purport the error constitutes a mistrial, which might necessitate a brand new trial. 

In regards to the case of mistaken identification, Depp’s crew stated in a Monday filing obtained by Variety that Heard’s “determined, after-the-fact demand for an investigation of Juror 15 primarily based on a purported error in his beginning date” is “misplaced.” They declare that she failed to supply proof that her due course of was violated. They argued that two groups vetted Juror 15 “simply as the entire different jurors have been.” 

“Unsurprisingly, Ms. Heard cites to no case legislation to help her argument that the service of Juror 15 if he’s not the identical person that the Courtroom assigned as Juror 15 in some way compromised her due course of and would warrant the drastic treatment of ‘setting apart the decision and ordering a brand new trial,’” wrote Depp’s legal professionals. “Ms. Heard makes no exhibiting of any prejudice, and accordingly her speculative arguments fail.”

On the shut of the six-week trial in June, the jury awarded Depp $10.35 million for 3 claims of defamation. The 2018 op-ed advocates for laws in help of home violence victims, and although it doesn’t identify Depp, Heard writes that two years prior, which was across the time she filed for divorce from Depp, she “turned a public determine representing home abuse.” The jury additionally awarded Heard $2 million in her concurrent defamation countersuit in opposition to him; they discovered that Depp’s lawyer had defamed her by telling the Day by day Mail that she and her associates had orchestrated an elaborate abuse “hoax.”

Depp’s legal professionals’ response states, “Although understandably displeased with the result of trial, Ms. Heard has recognized no respectable foundation to put aside the least bit the jury’s choice.… Right here, the decision was properly supported by the overwhelming proof, in step with the legislation, and shouldn’t be put aside. Mr. Depp respectfully submits that the Courtroom ought to deny Ms. Heard’s Submit-Trial Motions, which verge into the frivolous,” including, “The Courtroom ought to reject Ms. Heard’s baseless competition that the damages award was extreme and supported by proof.”