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Donziger Can’t Ditch House Arrest Ahead Of Contempt Trial

Date: Jan 4, 2021

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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