NEW YORK—Disbarred attorney Steven Donziger was sentenced Friday to six months in prison for contempt of court after a federal judge concluded that he willfully violated orders stemming from a three-decade-long legal crusade against Chevron Corp. over pollution in the Ecuadorean rainforest.
Friday’s sentencing follows a July ruling by U.S. District Judge Loretta Preska in New York finding Mr. Donziger guilty of six counts of criminal contempt of court. She found that he disobeyed court orders as he sought to enforce a $9.5 billion judgment that he won against the oil giant in Ecuador and that he was barred from profiting from.
Before handing down the sentence of six months and a $10 fee, Judge Preska said Mr. Donziger’s conduct had shown an astonishing disrespect for the law and the authority of federal courts.
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