Will Amber Heard go to jail?

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The probabilities of Amber Heard going to jail because of the defamation case ex-husband Johnny Depp introduced towards her is unlikely, specialists advised Day by day Put up Digital. 

“You don’t go to jail as a result of a civil finding,” First Modification lawyer George Freeman of the Media Regulation Useful resource Middle stated. “The only way what happened so far in Virginia could lead to jail is if she’s accused and convicted of perjury, which there has been no official accusation of and which seems quite remote.”

Amber Heard testifying May 4, 2022, at Johnny Depp's defamation trial against her.

Amber Heard testifying Could 4, 2022, at Johnny Depp’s defamation trial towards her.
(Elizabeth Frantz/Pool/Reuters)

In Freeman’s greater than 4 many years as a First Modification lawyer, he has by no means seen an individual charged with perjury in a civil case, he stated.

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The web has been abuzz with hypothesis Heard might land behind bars over the lawsuit after she spent two days on the stand chronicling years of abuse, together with claims Depp allegedly raped her with a liquor bottle and forcibly carried out a “cavity search” on her.

Her testimony in Fairfax County Circuit Court docket in Virginia has featured sobbing and exaggerated facial expressions which have struck some critics as inauthentic.

Johnny Depp and Amber Heard 

Johnny Depp and Amber Heard 
(Evelyn Hockstein/Pool through AP)

Depp, 58, is suing Heard, 36, over a Washington Put up op-ed she wrote figuring out herself as “a public figure representing domestic abuse.” 

The “Pirates of the Caribbean” star stated the allegations are a lie and ruined his status and profession. Heard is countersuing him for $100 million, accusing him of defaming her for calling her claims of abuse a hoax.

Even when the seven-person jury finds in Depp’s favor, it doesn’t show that Heard lied, specialists advised Day by day Put up Digital.

Amber Heard testifies May 5, 2022, in Fairfax, Va.

Amber Heard testifies Could 5, 2022, in Fairfax, Va.
(Jim Lo Scalzo through Reuters)

Freeman stated many civil circumstances are he-said, she-said disputes, and the 2 sides merely have a special notion of actuality, as is usually the case in messy divorces.

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Civil and criminal defense lawyer Tim Parlatore told Daily Post Digital that for a perjury charge to stick, prosecutors would have to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Heard “intentionally said something that wasn’t true and knew that it wasn’t true,” which is a troublesome customary.

Amber Heard testified May 5, 2022, during Johnny Depp's defamation trial against her.

Amber Heard testified Could 5, 2022, throughout Johnny Depp’s defamation trial towards her.
(Jim Lo Scalzo/Pool Picture through AP)

A perjury conviction in Virginia carries a penalty of as much as 10 years, he stated. 

Virginia-based civil lawyer Broderick Dunn added that there’s additionally a hesitancy on the a part of regulation enforcement to pursue perjury expenses towards individuals who’ve fabricated allegations of sexual assault for worry official victims shall be discouraged from coming ahead.

“There are a lot of perjury cases that could be brought that aren’t to prevent a chilling effect on people with domestic violence claims,” stated Dunn, who was not referring to Heard.

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It might result in rape victims fearing that nobody will imagine them or that they might find yourself in jail for reporting their attackers, Dunn advised Day by day Put up Digital. 

Parlatore stated this case is additional difficult by the litigants’ career. 

“All of the normal ability to judge a witness’s demeanor and truthfulness goes out the window when you have professional actors on the stand,” he stated. 

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