August 18, 2022


  • A trial lawyer mentioned Amber Heard’s legal professionals’ request for Johnny Depp’s defamation trial towards her to be declared a mistrial
  • The actress’ authorized group alleged that the incorrect juror confirmed as much as the trial
  • Lawyer Christa Ramey mentioned Heard’s legal professionals’ failure to convey up the matter in time means “it’s thought of waived”

A civil rights and trial lawyer has weighed in on Amber Heard’s authorized group’s request for the decision in Johnny Depp’s defamation trial towards her to be thrown out and their allegation that the incorrect juror confirmed as much as the trial.

Heard’s legal professionals filed a movement this week asking for the previous couple’s defamation trial to be declared a mistrial as a result of “Juror No. 15” of their six-week trial in Virginia allegedly “was not the person summoned for jury responsibility on April 11, 2022.”

They claimed in courtroom paperwork that the one that was chosen for the jury was 77 years outdated on the time, and shares the identical final title and tackle as somebody who was 52. Heard’s authorized group alleged that it was the youthful one who served as a juror of their trial and never the older one who was truly summoned.

Discussing their concern over the juror’s age, lawyer Christa Ramey, co-founder of Los Angeles-based civil litigation agency Ramey Legislation PC, advised Nicki Swift that this signifies that “Amber Heard’s group has been watching too many films.”

Ramey mentioned that this concern seems unwarranted as a result of there is a risk that the juror merely shares a title with somebody youthful than them. The lawyer additionally identified that Heard’s group had loads of time to object in the course of the jury choice.

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“After I’m questioning potential jurors throughout jury choice, I analysis each single one in all them. I Google their names and look by means of their social media,” the trial lawyer defined, including that she believes Heard’s legal professionals did the identical. “In the event that they thought that this was not the precise individual summoned to courtroom, they need to have objected on the time of jury choice.”

Ramey mentioned that their failure to convey up the matter in time solely signifies that “it’s thought of waived.” 

Ramey additionally dismissed the potential of anybody displaying as much as courtroom with out receiving a summons for jury responsibility. She advised the outlet that jurors would wish to produce a Fairfax County juror’s badge and present a correct type of identification to verify their identification, thus it was unlikely that an imposter was capable of acquire entry into the trial.

However Ramey mentioned it isn’t shocking that Heard is making an attempt to overturn the verdict, declaring that “motions to put aside a jury verdict are … the required first steps to an attraction.”

Nonetheless, the lawyer mentioned she believes that the judgment of their defamation trial has “zero probability” of being “put aside” by the choose.

In accordance with Ramey, Decide Penney Azcarate “served because the eighth juror within the courtroom” and going towards the decision would imply going towards her judgment.

“Heard’s group is asking the choose to confess that she bought it incorrect when her rulings had been nicely thought out,” the lawyer added.

On June 1, a Virginia jury dominated that Heard defamed Depp when she wrote a 2018 op-ed for the Washington Put up about surviving home abuse. The actor was awarded $15 million in damages, which the choose decreased to $10.35 million in accordance with state legislation.

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Heard partially received her countersuit towards Depp, receiving $2 million in compensatory damages and no punitive damages.

Heard’s legal professionals have since argued that the $10.35 million award towards the actress was “inconsistent and irreconcilable” with the jury’s conclusion that each had defamed one another.

US actress Amber Heard departs the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Fairfax, Virginia, after shedding her defamation case towards ex-husband Johnny Depp on June 1, 2022 Photograph: AFP / Brendan SMIALOWSKI

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