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Donziger Questioned On His Need For Remote Trial Witnesses- Law360

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 must explain why his witnesses should be allowed to testify remotely at his upcoming criminal contempt trial, a New York federal judge said on Thursday, and the disbarred attorney also faced fresh questions about who is actually representing him.

U.S. District Judge Loretta Preska told the defendant that his requests for video testimony by nine witnesses located in Ecuador, Spain and Canada are too vague. Donziger faces trial starting Nov. 4 on misdemeanor charges initiated by a judge in Chevron’s underlying civil litigation against him over a $9 billion environmental-destruction judgment in Ecuador.

“At this point, [Donziger] has not supplied enough information for the court to determine whether video testimony is warranted for any of his proposed witnesses,” Judge Preska said Thursday.

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