Depp Trial Going Badly For Heard

Serves her right.

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New York attorney Rebecca Rose Woodland offers her analysis on the Depp trial. Spoiler: Not all peaches and cream for Heard. In fact, she seems to have a real affinity for Cocoa Puffs.

Woodland: The defamation trial of Johnny Depp versus v. Amber Heard is in full swing again this week. We have seen some bombshell revelations already. Depp’s testimony concluded Monday after cross-examination by defense counsel and a redirect examination from his counsel that ended in an incredible admission by Depp.

We also heard testimony from several other witnesses, including some shocking testimony from a forensic psychological expert, Dr. Shannon Curry, who opined that Heard suffers from borderline personality disorder and histrionic personality disorder as well as a fear of abandonment. According to Curry, Heard externalizes blame, tends to be self-righteous, judgmental and has anger issues. Curry also testified that, in her medical opinion, Heard does not suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and was grossly exaggerating PTSD symptoms.

This is a case in which Depp contends that his ex-wife penned an op-ed in The Washington Post referring to herself as “a public figure representing domestic abuse.” Although the op-ed did not mention Depp by name, Depp’s lawyers contend that the piece clearly implicated that the actor was a domestic abuser.  Here are my takeaways from the trial thus far this week:

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1. We saw a lengthy cross-examination of Depp where he continued to deny assault and abuse allegations. Many witnesses do well on direct examination (testimony elicited by the witnesses’ own attorney).

It is on cross-examination (questioning by adverse counsel) where a witness can break down on the stand. However, Depp withstood a challenging cross-examination wherein Heard’s attorneys attempted to paint Depp as the bad guy – a violent drug user and abuser.

2. It was clear that Heard’s attorneys came in with an aggressive strategy: attack Depp on the witness stand in an effort to land some blows and punch holes in Depp’s testimony. The effort largely seems to have failed. Although there was some very tough questioning delivered in a very aggressive and accusatory manner, Heard’s attorneys did not accomplish their intended goal.

3. The re-direct examination from Depp’s counsel was succinct and direct and elicited a bombshell revelation when Depp shockingly revealed that he was the victim of domestic violence at the hands of Amber Heard. Depp’s attorney focused on portraying him as the victim in this relationship, not the aggressor. At the conclusion of Depp’s testimony, he dramatically testified that it was he who was the victim in this relationship, not Heard.

4. Another bombshell for the plaintiff was the testimony given by Dr. Shannon Curry, a clinical and forensic psychologist. Curry testified she conducted a thorough review of Heard’s medical records and other related documents and interviewed Heard for a total of 12 hours. Curry concluded that Heard exhibits borderline personality disorder and histrionic personality disorder and that the actor was “full of rage.”

Curry’s expert medical testimony was powerful for the plaintiff in that it supported the Depp’s position that Heard’s claims of violence are false and that in fact it was Heard who was the aggressor in this relationship…

This trial will continue for the next few weeks and I suspect there will be more bombshells from both sides before it ends.

David Kamioner
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David Kamioner is a veteran of U.S. Army Intelligence and an honors graduate of the University of Maryland's European Division. He also served with the Pershing Nuclear Brigade and the First Infantry Division. Subsequent to that he worked for two decades as a political consultant, was part of the American Red Cross Hurricane Katrina disaster relief effort in Louisiana, ran a homeless shelter for veterans in Philadelphia, and taught as a college instructor. He serves as a Contributing Editor for LifeZette.

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