Embattled attorney Steven Donziger is redoubling his bid for a New York federal court to set him free from home confinement and electronic monitoring in the wake of contempt charges in a case against Chevron Corp., arguing he is not a flight risk.
Even as the court’s pretrial services office recommended that Donziger’s home confinement be rolled back to a curfew that only requires the lawyer to be at home from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m., the attorney sought Tuesday for the Southern District of New York to do away with the restriction altogether.
Donziger — who was sanctioned in May following a determination that he helped secure a fraudulent $9.5 billion judgment against Chevron Corp. in Ecuador — cited his regular appearances at court hearings in recent months as one example of why he should not be confined to his residence as the litigation proceeds, according to his second letter to the court on the issue.
“Mr. Donziger has no incentive to flee to Ecuador or any place else,” the letter reads. “Mr. Donziger is a lawyer who has lived in Manhattan for 25 years, has a son in eighth grade and has surrendered his passport.”
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