A Virginia judge dismissed Amber Heard’s request on Wednesday, July 13, to declare a mistrial in her ex-husband Johnny Depp’s murder trial because of insufficient evidence.
Trial Judge Penney Azcarate dismissed the Aquaman actress’s motion, despite proof that one of the jurors was not the person who was to serve on that jury, even though she had presented.
It was alleged by Amber’s defense team that one of the jurors was not who they claimed to be. There had been a 43-page petition submitted by her legal team asking for the verdict to be thrown out completely An appeal by the actress had previously been announced.
The brief stated that “Ms. Heard had a right to rely on the basic protection, as stipulated by the Virginia Code, that the jurors in this trial would be individuals who were legitimately summoned for jury duty.” In this case, it appears that Juror No. 15 was not the person identified on the jury panel.
Johnny Depp This meant that the right of Ms. Heard to a fair trial had been violated in some way. As a result of this, a new trial should be ordered and the case was thrown out.
A written response from the court said that she had rejected the motion. “The juror was screened, sat for the entire jury, deliberated, and came to a decision. Currently, the only proof that can be presented to the Court is that this and all other jurors followed the Court’s instructions and directions.
“This Court is bound by the competent decision of the jury,” she stated, according to CBS News. Johnny had sued Amber for $50 million in defamation, citing an op-ed she had written for The Washington Post in 2018 about him.
A lawyer for the star had made disparaging remarks about Amber, which prompted her to sue him for $100 million.
Amber’s ex-husband was granted $10 million, while Johnny was sentenced to pay his ex $2 million, after Adam Waldman’s words were determined to be defamatory, by the jury in the case. In spite of losing the case, Amber continues to stand by her testimony.