Britain’s Sky News interviewed Ryan Baker shortly after the verdict in the Johnny Depp v. Amber Heard defamation case. In the interview, Baker expressed some surprise at the magnitude of Depp’s win, crediting Depp’s legal team for doing a “tremendous job” undermining Heard’s credibility “time and again.” Baker also explained that under Virginia law, Depp’s award of punitive damages would be reduced from $5 million to $350,000, the statutory maximum.
Addressing another issue that may have affected the outcome, Baker told Sky News, “It’s hard to imagine the jury was not influenced by the massive amount of public support for Johnny Depp, which, because of the crowds at the courthouse almost universally supporting Johnny Depp, was impossible to hide from the jury.”
Baker also explained that Heard’s team must now consider post-trial motions and an appeal. Because Heard also prevailed on one of her claims, Depp could also seek to challenge that component of the jury verdict.
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