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Donziger Can’t Ditch House Arrest Ahead Of Contempt Trial

The lawyer of Ecuadorean people affected by Texaco-Chevron --who have long sought compensation for pollution between the 1970s and early 1990s-- Steven Donziger, speaks during a press conference on March 19, 2014 in Quito. Earlier this month, a US judge upheld Chevron's allegations that an Ecuadoran court decision ordering it to pay $9.5 billion for oil pollution in the Amazon jungle was fraudulently obtained. Donziger announced they will appeal against this decision. AFP PHOTO / RODRIGO BUENDIA (Photo credit should read RODRIGO BUENDIA/AFP/Getty Images)

Chevron foe Steven Donziger has been denied release from home confinement before his trial this month on contempt charges, with a judge insisting he’s a flight risk.

U.S. District Judge Loretta Preska on Dec. 31 denied Donziger’s latest motion for release from home confinement, where he’s been since August 2019 on the misdemeanor charges related to disobeying court orders to turn over his devices and accounts in Chevron’s litigation against him over a $9.5 billion judgment regarding environmental destruction in the Ecuadorian Amazon.

“Nothing of significance has changed,” the judge said, recounting her denial of such motions before. Donziger’s legal team insists his confinement on a misdemeanor that carries a maximum sentence of six months is unprecedented.

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