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Wednesday, June 1, 2022

Did You Pay Attention to the Two Recent Verdicts?

            The jury decision on the case for Clinton campaign lawyer Michael Sussmann came out yesterday. Sussmann was acquitted of lying to the FBI in 2016 even though evidence clearly showed that he lied. I have not seen any explanation for the acquittal, but there is evidence that the Washington, D.C., jury was biased toward Democrats.

            The Sussmann case was the first case to go before a jury from the investigation being conducted by special counsel John Durham into the Trump-Russia hoax, which has already been exposed. Even though Sussman was cleared, Robby Mook, Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager, dropped a bombshell while he was on the witness stand. CNN reported this statement

Robby Mook said he attended a meeting with other senior campaign officials where they learned about strange cyberactivity that suggested a relationship between the Trump Organization and Alfa Bank, which is based in Moscow. The group decided to share the information with a reporter, and Mook subsequently ran that decision by Clinton herself.

“We discussed it with Hillary,” Mook said, later adding that “she agreed with the decision.”

            Mook’s testimony ties the Trump-Russia lies directly to Hillary Clinton. I wonder what her defense will be, but I do not doubt that a Washington, D.C., jury would acquit her also. The entire system is rigged for Democrats and against Republicans, so I do not expect to see Clinton indicted.

            The other verdict involving Johnny Depp and his ex-wife Amber Heard came out today. The jury ruled in favor of Depp but did not pronounce him innocent. Depp won the defamation lawsuit and was awarded $10 million in damages and $5 million in punitive damages. However, Virginia law caps punitive damages at $350,000, so Depp was awarded $10.35 million.

            Nevertheless, Depp’s award was decreased once again because Heard partially won her countersuit and was awarded $2 million in damages. Depp came out ahead at $8.35 million. Depp said that he is “truly humbled” because the “jury gave me my life back” in a statement given to USA TODAY. The statement continued

“My decision to pursue this case, knowing very well the height of the legal hurdles that I would be facing and the inevitable, worldwide spectacle into my life, was only made after considerable thought,” Depp’s statement read. “From the very beginning, the goal of bringing this case was to reveal the truth, regardless of the outcome. Speaking the truth was something that I owed to my children and to all those who have remained steadfast in their support of me. I feel at peace knowing I have finally accomplished that.”

            The Depp-Heard verdict will have more impact on individual Americans than the Sussmann verdict. For one thing, the trial brought front and center the fact that men experience spousal abuse and that we cannot always believe the woman. From this point on, more people will believe men when they claim abuse. However, women who are abused must be more diligent in documenting the abuse if they wish to be believed.

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