The defamation suit brought by Johnny Depp against Amber Heard went to the jury on Friday

the verdict could come any day this week.

It has been an ugly affair from beginning to end.

While that is expected in a defamation case, several factors enabled Johnny Depp’s legal team to do more than defend him.

Abetted by a judge who allowed cameras in the courtroom

Amber Heard was subjected to an old-fashioned smear campaign.

Recalling the bad old days before #MeToo, Heard was demeaned in court and slandered online.

The defamation claim is straightforward:

Heard wrote a December 2018 op-ed in The Washington Post in which she described herself as “a public figure representing domestic abuse.”

She did not name Depp. But he claims those words are directly responsible for his loss of work.