Depp v Heard: Jury question sparks surprising prediction from top lawyer Emily D. Baker

A top U.S. attorney shares her insights on ‘very, very interesting’ jury questions. Amber Heard and Johnny Depp defamation trial.

A seven-person jury is currently considering a verdict in the high-profile case, which ended last week after a gruelling six-week trial.

Jurors were told they had to reach unanimous decisions on 42 questions put to them, including liability, damages and compensation.

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As jury deliberations continued, Judge Penney Azcarate passed the jury's questions to attorneys.
As jury deliberations continued, Judge Penney Azcarate passed the jury’s questions to attorneys. Credit: Jim Watson/Associated Press

At 2 p.m. (US time) on Tuesday, the jury asked Judge Penney Azcarate a question about Heard’s op-ed in The Washington Post.

The question is whether they found the statement in the column – “I stand against sexual violence – and face the anger of our culture” – to be wrong.

The jurors asked the judge whether the question was about the entire article, or whether it was just the title.

Judge Azkarat told the court she would instruct jurors to consider the title, not the entire column.

Judge Azkarat told the court she would instruct jurors to consider the title, not the entire column.
Judge Azkarat told the court she would instruct jurors to consider the title, not the entire column. Credit: Court TV

share with her Live YouTube Streamformer Los Angeles District Attorney Emily D. Baker said that based on the jury’s question, she thought the jury could be “very close” to reaching a verdict.

She also said the questions raised were a positive sign for Depp and his supporters.

“That’s a good question for Depp,” she said. “If I were the Depp team, I’d be really happy with the issue.”

She went on to predict that the group’s problems might make Hurd’s team feel a little anxious.

“The fact that they’re going to look for instructions means they’re probably almost done. That means we’re definitely going to get the attention of the defcon verdict,” she said.

“It’s going to be the count – if he wins, it’s going to be the count that he wins.

“Because I think if they find widespread abuse, that could be a basis for him to win. That’s what I think they’re thinking about. That’s my speculation based on that. It’s very reading tea leaves.

“They’re asking, ‘Is a defamatory statement a title?’ When you see that title is a defamatory statement, that’s a question, and if you were Rottenborn and Elaine, you would sit there and say ‘F*** “. That’s what they’re thinking about.'”

Johnny Depp and Amber Heard
Johnny Depp is suing Amber Heard over a 2018 op-ed she wrote for The Washington Post. Credit: Associated Press

Baker went on to say that it was a “very important thing” for jurors to ask for clarification on the title of Hurd’s column.

“They’re asking which statement we’re responsible for — are we responsible for the entire column or just this statement?” she said.

“And I think this jury can pass it and be held accountable for this statement and no other statement. It’s very important to know that.

“This question for the jury means that if they’re looking at the description of the investigation, maybe they’re ready to start delivering a verdict, or at least start voting on a verdict once they understand what they mean. That’s a big deal.”

She added that the libel in the title of Heard’s comment was “the strongest count ever for Depp.”

At the end of the trial, Baker shares her predictions Decisions are made in a separate live stream.

She said that in her view, the fact that Heard retweeted the Washington Post headline was Depp’s best chance of winning.

“I think what’s going to happen? If we see Johnny Depp winning, what we’re going to see is a retweet. Legally, that’s the clearest path for him to win,” she said.

Former Los Angeles District Attorney Emily D. Baker.
Former Los Angeles District Attorney Emily D. Baker. Credit: YouTube

“I am not a thoughtful juror. I also have information from the internet about this case, which is unsubstantiated.

“But if Johnny Depp wins, I think it’s on the tweet. At the beginning of this case, I didn’t think there was a path to victory. Law and editorial didn’t work for me. I was like, ‘This is will be very, very difficult. “

“The law and the column are not math. After watching the six weeks of the trial, I can see why they chose to take the trial, and I see Johnny Depp has the potential to win.

“I think it’s a huge win for them because that’s not where I was at the beginning of this case.

“So my verdict is, if it wins, that’s it. I still think this jury can go on without anyone winning, I still think this jury can hang. I never put it aside. I I don’t like to bet on the verdict either, and I didn’t do that with my own verdict.”