US judge dismisses Amber Heard’s appeal for lapses of ‘inappropriate jury service’

A US judge has dismissed Amber Heard’s appeal for a new trial in her multi-million dollar defamation case against Johnny Depp on the basis of “inappropriate jury service”.

enney Azcarate, who presided over the senior case, denied claims that an individual juror had not been properly examined and said the court was still bound by the juror’s “competent decision” group.

In documents filed last week, the Aquaman star’s legal team said that “newly discovered facts and information” about the jury meant that a false claim should be made.

The attorneys said that one of the individuals originally summoned to serve in the trial did not appear and was replaced by another.

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It comes after Mr Depp’s lawyers said there was ‘no good basis’ for Ms Heard’s appeals, which were ‘about to go into frivolity’ (Kirsty O’Connor/PA)

They also previously argued that the decision made on June 1 in Mr Depp’s favor was not supported by the evidence presented during the six-week trial.

But on Wednesday, Judge Azcarate said the juror issue was unrelated and Ms. Heard could not show she was biased.

“The jury was examined, sat for the entire jury, weighed and reached a verdict,” she said.

“The only evidence before this court is that this juror and all jurors followed their oaths, court instructions and orders.

“This court is bound by the competent decision of the jury.”

It comes after Mr Depp’s lawyers said there was “no legal basis” for Ms Heard’s appeals, which were “about to go frivolous”.

The actor sued his former partner over a 2018 article she wrote for the Washington Post about her experiences as a domestic abuse survivor, which his lawyers say that accused him of being an abuser.

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It is understood that Ms. Heard still has the ability to appeal the decision in the Virginia Court of Appeals and that the issues presented to the appeals court may also differ from those dismissed on Wednesday.

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