Johnny Depp court reporter and Amber Heard claimed 'few' jurors slept during the trial

Johnny Depp court reporter and Amber Heard claimed ‘few’ jurors slept during the trial

The jury was made up of five men and two women, and they were not isolated from social media during the trial.

In 2018, Amber Heard wrote an op-ed for The Washington Post. The piece, which was less than 1,000 words, called for there to be more support for women who have experienced violence.

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While the article never mentioned her ex-husband, Johnny Depp, by name, Heard said she became a “public figure representing domestic violence” two years ago, which is when she filed for divorce from Depp and received a temporary restraining order against him.

In a 2016 statement, Heard claimed that Depp was “verbally and physically abusive” towards her throughout their relationship. In an editorial, Heard said the public reaction to her statement has given her “the rare view of seeing, in real time, how institutions protect men accused of abuse.”

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Although Depp’s name is not mentioned in the article, and although the bulk of the article is a public call for social change, Depp has filed a defamation suit against Heard because he denied her arbitrariness towards her.

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It was the second time Depp had taken allegations of domestic violence to court, after he sued British tabloid The Sun for defamation after he was called a “wife beater” in an article.

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This case was brought to trial in 2020, with Heard testifying on behalf of The Sun that Depp had been abusive throughout their relationship. Depp ended up losing the case after a judge ruled there was enough evidence to support the publication’s decision to call it a “wife beater”.

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However, the judge’s ruling was not a reason to dismiss Depp’s defamation lawsuit against Heard, and he went to court in April of this year. The six-week trial took place in Virginia, and state laws allowed everything to be broadcast live and watched by the public, providing him with a captive audience around the world.

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In fact, the accessibility of the case ended up being scrutinized Depp vs. Heard It became an experiment by TikTok, where social media users were found to be modifying audio excerpts of testimonies and turning allegations of abuse into comedy videos.

The severity of Heard’s allegations was said to have been overshadowed by the uproar of the case, with her harrowing accounts of sexual, physical and emotional violence turning into public ridicule.

The incredibly high-profile trial ended on Wednesday, when a jury of five men and two women ruled largely in Depp’s favour.

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They ordered Heard to pay a total of $15 million; $10 million in damages, and another $5 million in punitive damages after being found on three counts in the opinion piece.

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These counts included the headline itself, as well as two other phrases within the piece.

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Separately, the jury ruled that Depp slandered Heard on one of three counts in the counterclaim through his attorney, Adam Waldman, with Depp ordering $2 million to be paid to her after Waldman called her allegations a “hoax.”

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Trial stenographer Jodi Bellinger made some allegations about jury behavior throughout the trial after Judge Benny Azcaret called her a “rock star.”

A stenographer, also known as a court reporter, is the person who captures the live testimony in proceedings and writes it down in an official certified transcript.

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In a clip from Bellinger’s new interview with the Law and Crime Network, she said that jurors in both the front and back rows slept at various points throughout the trial.

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“There were a few jurors falling asleep,” she claimed. “And it was hard. There were a lot of video nominations, and they were sitting there, and all of a sudden I saw their heads fall off.”

#JudyBellinger, #Depp v. #Heard, the independent court reporter, said in an exclusive interview that some jurors were dozing during the defamation trial.

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Bellinger went on to add that the “best” juror who gave the most attention was a woman who was chosen at random, and who did not participate in the final judgement.

“Unfortunately, the alternative that was out there, she was probably the one who listened the most,” Bellinger explained. “I watched her facial expressions, she was so in-depth at every word that was said. I thought she would make a great juror, and she couldn’t see it to the end. She was paying great attention.”

The comments come after Heard’s attorney, Eileen Bridehoft, examined the fact that the jury was not impeached at trial, which means they can be on social media and discuss the trial with friends and family while they sit in the case.

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Bredehoft argued that social media was “totally” in Depp’s favour, and Heard was “diabolical” throughout the trial, which could have affected the jurors’ opinions.

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Jurors were encouraged not to research the case or search social media during their breaks from the courtroom, but Breidhoft said, “How can you not? They would go home every night, they had families, and families were on social media. We had A 10-day break in the middle due to the Judicial Conference. There is no way they could not be affected by it.”

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She added of the online reaction: “It was horrible – it was really lopsided. It was like the Roman Colosseum, how they looked at this whole issue.”

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Heard’s lawyers previously confirmed that she “absolutely” plans to appeal the ruling, adding in a statement, “I am saddened that the mountain of evidence remains insufficient to stand up to the unequal power, influence and influence of my ex-husband.”

“I am even more disappointed by what this ruling means to other women. It is a setback,” she continued. “It turns back the clock to a time when women who speak up and speak out can be shamed and humiliated. It hinders the idea that violence against women should be taken seriously.”

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Heard added: “I think Johnny’s lawyers succeeded in convincing the jury to overlook the main free speech issue and ignore evidence that was so crucial that we won it in the UK.” I am sad that I lost this case. But I am still saddened that I really lost my thought as an American – to speak freely and openly.”

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Meanwhile, Depp said the jury had given him his “life back” and that he was “really humble” and “at peace” with the verdict.

2022-06-07 12:46:13

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