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Steven Donziger Tells 2nd Circ. His Home Confinement Is Absurd

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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)

Embattled human rights attorney Steven Donziger on Wednesday urged the Second Circuit to reverse a lower court’s order that has kept him in home confinement since 2019 on a contempt charge with a maximum sentence of six months in prison, stemming from his decades-long fight with Chevron over pollution in Ecuador.

Donziger has been under home confinement for 582 days since U.S. District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan directed that criminal contempt charges be filed against the now-disbarred attorney over his alleged refusal to comply with orders directing him to provide access to electronic devices, email and social media accounts for inspection in Chevron’s 2011 civil case against him alleging fraud.

Judge Kaplan, following the Manhattan U.S. attorney’s office’s refusal to prosecute Donziger for contempt, referred the allegations to Rita Glavin of Seward & Kissel LLP to act in the government’s stead.

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