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In SDNY Donziger Notes Correa Exile in Belgium Before June Trial Conflict of Interest- Inner City Press

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

Steven Donziger, now with a June 2020 trial date, was wrongly accused of being close in Ecuador with Rafael Correa and thus a flight risk, it has emerged.

Donziger’s lawyer Andrew J. Frisch chided CJA Prosecutor Rita Glavin for claiming Donziger has “ties in Ecuador, including to… the former president of Ecuador Correa,” noting that “Ms. Glavin was either mistaken or unaware that former Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa has lived in exile in Belgium since 2017.”

This according to a December 3 letter from Frisch to U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge Loretta A. Preska.

On December 4 Judge Preska proposed four trial dates and the parties chose, for now, June 2020. Glavin, who has yet to answer written Press questions about simultaneous services as Special Prosecutor and CJA defense attorney (we still remain hopeful, and open to publishing any explanation), again argued that the Speedy Trial Act does not apply to this proceeding. Time was excluded nevertheless.

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