Disbarred attorney Steven Donziger will be sentenced Friday, Oct. 1, for criminal contempt by United States District Judge Loretta Preska in a New York courtroom. Donziger faces six months’ imprisonment.
That is the latest episode in a legal saga that extends back to 1993, when a then-youthful trail lawyer named Steven Donziger saw a way to make that “f-king money” by accusing Texaco of not doing its part in environmental cleanup of lands the oil company used in partnership with Ecuador’s state-owned Petroecuador Oil Company. Donziger’s claim was that he and his legal team were working on behalf of 30,000 indigenous Ecuadorians, but the truth was the people he claimed to help had no idea who he was or what he was doing. Meanwhile Texaco started and completed its environmental cleanup in 1998, and then left Ecuador.
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