drama around Johnny Deppdefamation case against ex-wife Amber Heard refuses to die. After Heard’s lawyers requested the case’s ruling to be overturned and a new trial over juror’s mistaken identity, Depp’s attorneys urged the verdict to be upheld despite the possibility that the wrongful juror showed up for trial. .
“Surprisingly, Ms. Hurd cited no case law to support her argument that the service of Juror 15 if she is not the same person the Court has assigned as Juror 15, would have somehow bypassed its due process.” Compromised and would warrant a ‘drastic measure of separation. Verdict and order a new trial’. Ms. Hurd does not exhibit any bias, and accordingly her speculative arguments fail,” Depp’s lawyers wrote.
According to a Variety report, Heard’s lawyers have argued that the verdict should be set aside and a new trial ordered because one of the seven jurors in the case never received a summons. But in a filing Monday (Pacific Standard Time) accessed by Variety, Depp’s attorneys argued that Heard has not shown that the error caused him any bias, and that he did not raise the issue sooner than later to object. waived his rights.
Hurd’s lawyers have called for the judgment to be set aside for several other reasons as well. He has argued that Depp’s team made unreasonable arguments in the lawsuit, seeking to hold him accountable for domestic violence claims dating back to 2016, which Depp waived his right to challenge in the couple’s divorce settlement. .
He also argued that the jury members could not logically know that Depp had suffered any damage from the op-ed, which came more than two years after Depp’s reputation had already been seriously damaged. .
In the filing, Depp’s lawyers pointed to the evidence they presented showing that Depp lost out on the sixth “Pirates of the Caribbean” film in the wake of the op-ed. He argued that the evidence showed Depp was actually entitled to more than $10 million.
Depp was awarded $10.35 million after a jury found that Heard had defamed him by citing domestic violence allegations in a December 2018 op-ed about the #MeToo movement. Heard was also awarded a $2 million award in a counterclaim alleging that Depp’s attorney had defamed him and his friends by accusing him of an elaborate misdemeanor hoax.
(with IANS inputs)
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