Johnny Deep and Amber Heard were just involved in a 6 week long trial. Both had expert witnesses from the fields of Psychology and Psychiatry due to the nature of the trial and mental health issues involved in it.
I watched the whole trial myself, but as a psychology student, and especially a lover of forensic psychology I was interested in the expert testimonies of the Psychologists.
There were a lot of things that were really interesting from a learning perspective. That is why I think every psychology student from all over the world and especially Pakistan, should watch these testimonies. It will give us a taste of how our subject plays an important role in court proceedings. There were some key moments that sticks out to me and some of them I have mentioned below:
Dr. Shannon Curry’s Testimony
From the Johnny Depp’s team their expert witness Dr. Shannon Curry did a complete examination of Amber Heard, and after that examination she diagnosed her with two disorders, Histrionic Personality Disorder and Borderline Personality Disorder. Also she detailed her analysis that how Amber Heard was giving exaggerating responses on the scales of PTSD and how she compared her score to different samples.
Dr David Spiegel’s Unethical Testimony and The Goldwater Rule
Dr. David is a psychiatrist who testified in the court on behalf of Amber Heard, and in his testimony he started giving professional opinions on Johnny Depp’s psychological and mental state. He tried to diagnosed Johnny Depp from just observing him and also commented on his cognitive abilities. Now I had an idea that you cannot diagnosed someone with a disorder by just observing them but I also find out that you also cannot give any professional opinion. This was decided in the Goldwater Rule, by American Psychiatric Association which prohibited members from offering psychological opinions about individuals whom they had not personally examined.
Links to the whole Testimonies of Psychologist’s and Psychiatrists in Johnny Depp and Amber Heard Trial
For your ease I have compiled all the links of videos that contain testimonies of both psychologists and psychiatrists from the trial. I have also mentioned which time the testimony will start. So go on and watch.
Jonney Depp’s Witness Dr Shannon Curry’s Testimony and Cross Examination
Time: 1:02 to 5:04
Amber Heard’s Witness Dr Hughes’s Testimony
Time: 3:55 to End of the video
Amber Heard’s Witness Dr Hughes’s Cross Examination
Time: 26:00 to 3:05
Amber Heard’s Witness Psychiatrist Dr David Spiegel Direct and Cross Examination
Time: 2:03 to 6:32
Johnny Depp Witness Psychiatrist Dr. Richard Shaw (Psychiatrist) Direct and Cross Examination
Time: 7:29 to 8:38
Jonney Depp’s Witness Dr Shannon Curry’s Rebuttle Testimony and Cross Examination
Time: 1:27 to 2:40
Amber Heard’s Witness Dr Hughes’s Rebuttle Testimony and Cross Examination
Time: 2:13 to 2:52