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For the editor:

Regarding “The verdict heard was a travesty”, by Michelle Goldberg (column, June 3):

The jury verdict in the Johnny Depp-Amber Heard trial is not a travesty. Men lie. Women lie. The jury listened to six weeks of evidence and did not believe Ms Heard and concluded that she had maliciously made gruesome misrepresentations to damage Mr Depp’s image and try to boost his own.

I haven’t seen all of the testimony or heard all of the evidence, but after listening to a lot of it, and especially Ms. Heard’s cross-examination, I can easily understand why they didn’t believe her. I don’t believe her.

This does not mean that other applicants will not automatically be believed. They will be judged on the basis of the testimonies they give and the evidence they present. This is how the justice system works, as it should. No one should be believed simply because they make allegations of abuse. They must prove these allegations to a jury.

Edna Ayliffe Latchem
Baton Rouge, The.

For the editor:

Re “Heard Defamed Depp in Abuse Claim, Jury Finds” (front page, June 3):

While I’m sure the Johnny Depp-Amber Heard trial was compelling in many ways, speaking as a citizen seriously concerned about current domestic and foreign events, I would question the claim that the trial “pierced the nation”.

Hopefully our national focus has recently moved elsewhere: Buffalo, Uvalde, Tulsa. Washington. Ukraine. So, maybe I’m wrong and the Times is right, which would largely explain our apparent chronic inability to right this damned ship.

Pierre Richmond
Millerton, NY

For the editor:

Now that the curtain has fallen on the Heard-Depp trial, the only thing the verdict really tells us is who the better actor is.

Tom Dey
Beverly Hills, California.
The writer is a director.

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