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At the Donziger Trial

Posted on May 12, 2021

I spent the day yesterday in an overflow room watching the criminal contempt trial of Steven Donziger. The day lacked the drama of Day 1 of the trial. No one was chanting in the street. I did not see Roger Waters or Susan Sarandon. There were no dramatic opening statements. Still, it was interesting to see the real world of the case up close, which is dramatically different from the Donziger Twitterverse. Here is my account.

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Lago Agrio: Last-Minute Developments Before the Contempt Trial

Posted on May 7, 2021

Steven Donziger’s contempt trial begins in New York on Monday. In the days leading up to the trial, there have been two new developments. First, the New York Court of Appeals has denied Donziger leave to appeal from the lower court’s judgment disbarring him. This is perhaps the end of the line for his career as a lawyer, although it may be that there are pathways to reinstatement after disbarment in New York—I am not sure. Second, Judge Preska has denied Donziger’s motion to dismiss the charges against him on grounds of vindictive and selective prosecution, his motion to recuse her as judge, and his motion to take discovery. So it seems that the trial will begin on Monday. Judge Preska’s order is a…

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Lago Agrio: Second Circuit Affirms Donziger’s Pretrial Conditions of Release

Posted on March 30, 2021

In a non-precedential decision, the Second Circuit has affirmed the district court’s order denying Steven Donziger’s motion for relief from the conditions of his pretrial release, which has amounted to home confinement (with exceptions) while he awaits trial in May on the charges of criminal contempt. If you want to read bombastic takes on the decision, you can check out Twitter, where Donziger’s lawyer is quoted as calling the case “a major stain on the U.S. federal judiciary,” and Donziger itself accuses Judge Preska of being “a leader of the Chevron-funded Federalist Society.” My non-bombastic (I hope!) take is that Donziger had a good point in arguing that since the government has decided to seek only six months’ imprisonment or less if Donziger is…

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