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Donziger flight risk is only increasing, 2nd Circ. told

Date: Oct 22, 2021

Law360 (October 20, 2021, 6:26 PM EDT) — Steven Donziger’s court-appointed prosecutors urged the Second Circuit on Tuesday not to let the Chevron foe out on bail while he appeals his sixth-month prison sentence for contempt, arguing that Donziger is now more of a flight risk than ever.

The prosecution team, led by Rita Glavin of Glavin PLLC, said the appellate court should reject the Oct. 8 bail request lodged by Donziger, the disbarred human rights lawyer convicted in July of disobeying court orders in Chevron’s civil case over a $9 billion oil pollution judgment in Ecuador.

Donziger has been under house arrest since 2019, when Manhattan Judge Loretta Preska said he’s a flight risk due to his previous refusal to comply with court orders and deep ties to Ecuador, a country with “less than a reliable system for extradition.” Judge Preska kept the home confinement order in place at Donziger’s Oct. 1 sentencing hearing.

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