Amber Heard’s goals for running all testimonial discoveries via the jury during her hearing are decoded by a behaviour specialist.
Susan Constantine-Perfido, a behaviour specialist, presented the revelations to Fox News.
“Her counsel most likely trained her to stare at the jurors when answering the question,” she was reported as saying.
“This can be beneficial, but it can also backfire. Too much eye contact might make jurors feel uneasy, and their objectivity and neutrality may be called into question.”
“On the other side, even a momentary glance linking gaze with jurors establishes connection.”
“Amber darts her gaze towards the jurors, settling on those who are most likely to make eye contact with her. It’s unclear whether she’s making eye contact with a few or all of the jurors.”
“As a trial consultant, I tell my clients not to look over to the jury on every answer.” It does appear coached and robotic.”
“Experienced witnesses are trained to glance at the jury when they answer questions,” said US Attorney Neama Rahmani of Ms Heard’s behavioural cues. This is why expert witnesses like Dr. Curry and Dr. Hughes do it.”
“The jury, not the lawyers who are asking the questions or those inside or outside the courtroom, is your audience.”
“The opinions of the seven jurors and four alternates are the only ones that matter,” she continued.
“In a case when likability and trustworthiness are key, Heard wants the jury to believe she is speaking the truth and that Depp is the victim. Avoiding eye contact is an indication of deceit, while making eye contact is consistent with the truth.”