Attorney Camille Vasquez has landed a new gig as a legal analyst with NBC News.
Vasquez became a household name after she helped actor Johnny Depp win his defamation case against his former spouse, actress Amber Heard — and according to The Hollywood Reporter, at least three national news outlets had expressed interest in working with her after the trial came to a close.
NBC came out on top, and the attorney made her debut during Monday’s broadcast of “The Today Show” to discuss the murders of the four students at the University of Idaho.
Students are returning to the University of Idaho for a new semester — with many relieved that a suspect in the killings of their four classmates is in custody.@stephgosk and Camille Vasquez share the latest details, discuss the social media impact on the case, and more. pic.twitter.com/kYjTeKBost
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) January 9, 2023
Vasquez weighed in on the impact that social media has had on the Idaho case — noting that the Johnny Depp/Amber Heard trial had often played out on social media even as it was playing out in the courtroom — and she said that while social media can play a vital role in the investigation, it also has its liabilities.
In the Idaho case in particular, social media sleuths have claimed to have spotted the suspect in photos from a vigil for the slain students — and accused a teacher of being involved, sparking a lawsuit.
“This has become something that really captivated the country, this case has. And so people want to talk about the evidence, they want to talk about the human impact, and these are college students, right?” Vasquez began, explaining that people were drawn to the case partly because the victims were college students and the unexplained nature of the attacks — at least thus far — made it seem as though it could have happened to anyone.
“I think it can be helpful to investigators, they pleaded to the public and asked for information about the [murder suspect’s] white Elantra,” Vasquez added. “But it could also be harmful when you start naming someone.”
In addition to receiving media offers after her big win on Depp’s behalf, Vasquez was promoted to partner at her law firm, Brown Rudnick, and reportedly received job offers from other firms as well. Heard and Depp ultimately settled the case last month, eliminating the possibility of any further appeals.