Johnny Depp Flipped the Script With His Defamation Trial Victory
Social media, a nonsequestered jury and early dismissal were among
the factors that led to the verdict in a Virginia court despite a ruling that went the opposite way in the U.K.
After 13 hours of deliberating, jurors deciding the fate of Johnny Depp’s defamation
duel with Amber Heard announced on Wednesday that they had reached a verdict.
Only there was one problem: They forgot to specify damages.
Judge Penney Azcarate told jurors to retire back to the deliberation room with no deadline on when to return.
It could have taken an hour or another three days.
After all, juries are given wide latitude on calculating damages, and there’s no formula to follow. They are not given a lot of guidance.
But only 15 minutes later, the jurors returned with a number.