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Donziger’s Criminal Trial Is Postponed Once Again, as His Motion to Dismiss Counts Is Denied

Steven Donziger speaks with reporters outside the federal courthouse on April 20, 2015.

For at least the fourth time, lawyer Steven Donziger’s high-profile criminal contempt-of-court trial has been postponed, with the presiding judge writing that she was doing so “reluctantly” and noting that Donziger had objected to the trial being conducted remotely because of the coronavirus pandemic.

U.S. District Judge Loretta Preska of the Southern District of New York made clear in her order pushing back the Jan. 19-slated trial to May 10 that she views Donziger as the impetus for nearly all of the delays. She also appeared to again indicate impatience with Donziger and his legal team’s voluminous motion practice, which has included numerous requests for delay of the trial, various motions to dismiss claims against Donziger, and multiple motions aimed at winning his release from pretrial home confinement.

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