As both sides rested their cases and the judge handed the case over to the jury on Friday, the bitter and public defamation trial between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard came to an end and was officially closed with Depp fans wishing that he Wins. When they’re done, they’ll present their decision to the courtroom next week.
High-profile defamation trial has had their share of twists and turns However, the big question now is: what would be the result? According to reports, Johnny Depp is expected to prevail in his divorce case from his ex-wife. But if Johnny Depp Wins, what will happen to Amber heard? Well, let’s check it out.
When Amber claimed in an op-ed in the Washington Post in 2018 that she was a victim of domestic violence, Johnny sued her for $50 million, alleging that she defamed him. Even though Amber did not mention Johnny by name, his lawyers claim that the implication was damaging to Johnny’s career. Amber was alleged to have abused him as well during their marriage, according to him.
His $100 million countersuit claims that he has tarnished her reputation by referring to her as a “liar.” She has claimed that Johnny physically and sexually abused her. Over the course of six weeks, both trials were held simultaneously in a Virginia courthouse. May 27 marked the end of the hearings.
Amber could be ordered to pay him $50 million if Johnny Depp Wins and the jury find that she defamed him. If the jury feels that a lower amount of damages is appropriate, they can make that recommendation. As a result, the case is being handled in the courtroom as a civil dispute, rather than a criminal.
Currently, no criminal charges have been filed, and new charges cannot be filed under Virginia law. This means that if both parties are found guilty, neither will be sentenced to prison. Consequently, Amber will not be sentenced to prison even if Johnny wins the case.
In the event, Amber wins the case against Johnny Depp. The actor may be forced to pay the $100 million demanded if the lawsuit is successful. Another area in which jurors are free to recommend lower damages is in this case.
But the fact that this is not a criminal case is actually a benefit to both parties. The burden of proof in civil suits is lower than in criminal cases in the American legal system. Cornell University’s legal department explains that in criminal cases, the accused must be proven guilty “beyond reasonable doubt.” But in a civil case, the jury can just decide on the basis of who is most likely to be right.
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OJ Simpson’s case is a good example of how this can lead to strange outcomes. In the early 1990s, the NFL star was on trial for the alleged murders of his ex-wife and her then-boyfriend. In the end, he was found not guilty of all charges. However, OJ was ordered to pay millions of dollars in damages in a civil lawsuit that was later brought against him.
On Tuesday, the jury in the Amber Heard vs. Johnny Depp case will reconvene and resume deliberations. In terms of the verdict, there’s no set time frame. It may arrive on Tuesday, or it may take a few days longer. For more such updates do follow us only on leedaily.com