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Bloomberg Businessweek – Chevron Calls Star Witness: A Bribe-Taking Former Judge

Picture this courtroom drama: With $19 billion at stake, Chevron’s (CVX) lawyers call to the stand a bribe-taking former judge to describe how he drafted phony rulings in a major pollution case. Chevron admits that, quite apart from his earlier graft, the company has paid the disgraced ex-jurist tens of thousands of dollars in a deal for his testimony. And still, the guy sounds pretty believable—at least under friendly questioning.

The odd scene—part John Grisham, part Gabriel García Márquez—unfolded yesterday in federal court in New York. Chevron is suing a plaintiffs’ attorney who won a $19 billion oil-contamination verdict against the oil company in Ecuador. In a bid to undermine that potentially expensive judgment, Chevron has accused the attorney, New York-based Steven Donziger, of masterminding an elaborate extortionate conspiracy. Central to the alleged plot is one Alberto Guerra, a former Ecuadorian judge who is now cooperating with the company and testifying about how he helped Donziger fix the 2011 pollution verdict.




#Factsmatter: An international arbitration panel found ‘no cogent evidence’ supporting #Ecuador’s claim that #Texaco failed to comply with terms of remediation in #Amazon.
The @WSJ sums this case up nicely, “[Steven Donziger] and his team fabricated evidence, promised $500,000 to an #Ecuadorean judge to rule in their favor, ghostwrote much of the final verdict and took other actions that ‘perverted’ the course of #justice. Mr. Donziger disputes the…
Shameless. Disbarred and convicted of criminal contempt of court for bribing an Ecuadorian judge in an attempted extortion scheme, @SDonziger is nonetheless accepting invitations to speak at #climate rallies. Read more about this adjudicated racketeer:
Sworn testimony: While Texaco met its environmental obligations in the Amazon, #Ecuador’s national oil company did “absolutely nothing” to address its own remediation in the area. #FactsMatter:
DENIED: @SCOTUS rejects hearing case of Steven Donziger, who bribed Ecuadorian judge in failed effort to bilk Chevron for billions of dollars.

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