A lawyer heard that the juror in the Depp trial was not who he claimed to be


Amber Heard’s legal team has asked for the verdict in her defamation case against Johnny Depp to be overturned, or for both sides to return to court for a new trial.

In a 43-page memorandum filed on Friday, the Aquaman The star’s lawyers argued there were a number of problems with the June 1 decision, including excessive damages awarded to Depp and poor legal reasoning.

One of the more unusual factors raised in the Virginia court filing by Heard’s lead attorney, Elaine Bredehoft, is an allegation that a juror is actually 25 years younger than he originally claimed. .

Distinguishing the juror by number, the record stated that: “Juror 15 was born in 1945. Juror 15, however, was clearly born after 1945. Publicly available information shows that he appears to have been born in 1970. “

Amber Heard, left, and Johnny Depp, inset, are pictured in Fairfax, Va., May 27, 2022. Heard’s attorneys have filed a motion to overturn the verdict in their recent defamation lawsuit.
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“This discrepancy raises the question of whether Juror 15 actually received a subpoena and was duly cleared by the Court to serve on the jury,” the filing continues.

According to the motion, the clerk’s office is required to verify the identity of jurors, although in this case “it appears that his identity could not be verified.”

The memo continued, “To the extent that the person who served as juror 15 was not, in fact, the same person on the come [an entire panel from which a jury is drawn]or that the court registry failed to verify her identity, Ms. Heard’s due process has been compromised.

“The Virginia Code does not contemplate jury service by someone who is not on the come, for good reason…In any case, but especially in a highly publicized case such as this, it is essential to ensure that no one who is not on the scene is fit to serve on the jury, either inadvertently or intentionally.

“Here, the facts show that juror 15 was decades younger than the individual on the jury list, which raises questions as to whether they were the same person or different people.

“Ms. Heard therefore asks the Court to inquire whether Juror 15 was indeed part of the venue and whether, prior to jury duty, Juror 15 verified his information in the manner prescribed by [Virginia Code].

“Ms. Heard further asks this Court to take appropriate action based on the results of the investigation, including, if appropriate, ordering a new trial.”

In April, Heard embarked on a six-week legal battle with Depp, who filed a $50 million lawsuit against her over a 2018 op-ed in The Washington Postin which she said she was a survivor of domestic violence.

Amber Heard, Elaine Bredehoft, Benjamin Rottenborn
Amber Heard, center, is pictured with her attorneys Elaine Bredehoft, left, and Benjamin Rottenborn, right, in Fairfax, Va., June 1, 2022. A jury found Johnny Depp and Heard were both defamed but have sided much more strongly with Depp following an intense defamation lawsuit involving bitterly contested allegations of sexual abuse and domestic abuse.
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During the proceedings, Heard and Depp threw a series of accusations at each other, including allegations of domestic violence – allegations that each star vehemently denied during their respective testimonies.

On June 1, the jury awarded Depp $10 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages, after finding Heard’s claim to be false and defamatory. The judge adjusted the punitive damages to $350,000 because Virginia law limits the value of punitive damages available.

Heard, who had sued for $100 million, was awarded $2 million after it was discovered that Depp’s former attorney, Adam Waldman, had made defamatory comments about him.

The July 1 filing on Heard’s behalf also questioned Depp’s allegations against his ex-wife “proceeding solely on a theory of defamation by implication, dropping any assertion that Ms. Heard’s statements were in fact false.”

Lawyers for Johnny Depp Camille Vasquez, Ben Chew
Ben Chew, left, and Camille Vasquez, right, attorneys for Johnny Depp, are pictured in Fairfax, Va., June 1, 2022. Chew shared a brief statement on the latest filing by Amber’s legal team hear.
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Bredehoft said Depp’s legal team said they would focus on the period following Heard’s 2018 op-ed for the Job was published, although in fact it expanded that window to include statements and events from 2016.

The filing concluded that Heard “respectfully requests this Court to set aside the jury’s verdict in favor of Mr. Depp and against Ms. Heard in its entirety, to dismiss the complaint or, in the alternative, to order a new trial.

“Ms. Heard further asks this Court to investigate a possible irregularity in the provision of juror service and to take appropriate action as warranted by the results of the investigation.”

Reacting to the filing, Ben Chew, who leads Depp’s legal team, said Courthouse News Service in an email that Heard’s motion was “what we expected, just longer, no more substance.”

Depp lost his libel case against a British tabloid in 2020 The sunwho called the actor a “wife beater,” in reference to the domestic abuse allegations Heard made against him during their 2016 divorce proceedings.

Although Depp repeatedly denied being violent towards Heard during the three-week trial in London, the judge in charge found the newspaper’s claims to be “essentially true”.


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