在周五, Heard’s team made a filing in Circuit Court of Fairfax County claiming that the actress, 36, 是 有权获得审判不当 “基于新发现的事实和信息” 整个审判中在场的一名陪审员并不是实际被传唤担任陪审员的人.
The documents claim the person summoned was 77 years old at the time, but a 52-year-old with the same last name and address instead showed up and was seated. Her side said it is “deeply troubling for an individual not summoned for jury duty nonetheless to appear for jury duty and serve on a jury,” especially given the “high-profile” nature of the trial “where the fact and date of the jury trial were highly publicized prior to and after the issuance of the juror summonses.”
Heard’s lawyers said she was not given the proper “due process,” so she requested a mistrial “and a new trial ordered.” That request came a week after Heard’s counsel asked for the verdict to be thrown out altogether because the verdict was not supported by sufficient evidence, in their eyes. Her team argued that Depp “proceeded solely on a defamation by implication theory, abandoning any claims that Ms. Heard’s statements were actually false.”
星期一, Depp’s legal team fired back with their own filing, insisting the verdict remain and reiterating their evidence.
上个月, the six-week Virginia trial ended with the jury siding mostly with Depp, awarding the 59-year-old actor over $10 million in damages after finding Heard defamed him in a 2018 专栏, 虽然她没有在文章中提到他的名字. She was awarded $2 百万损失, winning one of her three defamation countersuit claims.
“Though understandably displeased with the outcome of trial, 多发性硬化症. Heard has identified no legitimate basis to set aside in any respect the jury’s decision,” reads the documents, 通过获得 种类. “… 这里, the verdict was well supported by the overwhelming evidence, consistent with the law, and should not be set aside. 先生. Depp respectfully submits that the Court should deny Ms. Heard’s Post-Trial Motions, which verge into the frivolous.”
“The court should reject Ms. Heard’s baseless contention that the damages award was excessive and supported by evidence,” 他们补充说.
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About the alleged juror mix-up, Depp’s team said, Heard’s “绝望的, after-the-fact demand for an investigation of Juror 15 based on a purported error in his birth date” 是 “misplaced.” They argued that she has “failed to identify any way” that the juror mix-up would have “somehow robbed her of” due process, and clarified that the juror was vetted “just as all of the other jurors were.”
Depp’s team said Heard had “ample time” to verify the juror’s information and raise any concerns prior to the trial, rather than bringing it up after the verdict.
They add, “In a rare moment of candor, 多发性硬化症. Heard admits that she was aware of this purported discrepancy in Juror 15’s birth year from the very start of trial because ‘Juror 15 … was clearly born later than 1945.’ … 多发性硬化症. Heard chose not to raise this alleged ‘discrepancy’ with the Court during the voir dire process or at any time during the six-week trial and thereby waived it.”
After the verdict was revealed June 1, Depp said in a statement that he felt like the seven-person jury, made up of five men and two women, “把我的生命还给了我。” 听到, 同时, called the verdict a “挫折” for women and said, “我心碎了，堆积如山的证据仍然不足以抵挡不成比例的力量, 我前夫的影响和影响。”