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After Deleting Post Related To One Of Johnny Depp's Trial Lawyers Following Backlash, University Releases Statement Leading To More Backlash

Johnny Depp and Amber Heard in cars outside the courtroom during Depp v Heard trial
(Image credit: Photo by Chris Kleponis/Consolidated News Pictures/Getty Images & Photo by Cliff Owen/Consolidated News Pictures/Getty Images)

The Johnny Depp and Amber Heard legal battle is technically over, as the appeal filed by Heard waits for the court to act. However, it seems that there will be interest in this case all the time we are waiting for actual forward momentum in the legal proceedings. Depp’s side has now also appealed the, much smaller judgment, against the Pirates of the Caribbean actor. Although, right now the focus is on a college only loosely associated with the case.

The issue began when the City University of New York (CUNY) posted a profile on its blog on one of its graduates. Yarelyn Mena graduated from CUNY’s Hunter College in 2015 before going on to earn her law degree from Fordham University. She’s currently an associate at Brown Rudnick LLP, the firm that represented Johnny Depp in his defamation lawsuit against Amber Heard, which included Depp’s much talked about lawyer Camille Vasquez. At 29-years-old, Mena was the youngest member of the legal team.

While the post on the CUNYverse blog was meant only to highlight the work of the young lawyer, many people took issue with the profile. Tensions are still running high following the verdict, which was found largely in favor of Johnny Depp and many felt that the profile of the lawyer that worked for Depp essentially celebrated a man many people still feel was guilty of domestic abuse. As a result of the backlash against the profile, it was taken down, and replaced with the following… 

We appreciate everyone who shared their concerns about an article in our newsletter featuring a recent CUNY graduate who worked on Johnny Depp’s legal team. We understand the strong negative emotions this article elicited and apologize for publishing the item. We have removed it from our CUNYverse blog.The article was not meant to convey support for Mr. Depp, implicitly or otherwise, or to call into question any allegations that were made by Amber Heard. Domestic violence is a serious issue in our society, and we regret any pain this article may have caused.

However, while the removal of the lawyer’s profile may have removed controversy from one corner of the internet, it has now sparked it in another. CUNY is under fire yet again, this time from those critical of the decision to take down the profile. Among those critical of the decision is a professor at another CUNY campus

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There’s clearly a clash here between those that don’t see a problem celebrating a woman, the daughter of two immigrants from the Dominican Republic, who reportedly did her job well, even if the client still has a cloud over him, and those who feel that because the client has such a cloud, those associated with him should not be celebrated. This clearly isn’t a question with an easy answer, as CUNY has recently discovered.  

Dirk Libbey
Dirk Libbey

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