(Reuters) – A federal judge in Manhattan agreed on Thursday to teleconference the planned October sentencing of disbarred lawyer Steven Donziger, granting his request to allow “interested spectators” to view the proceedings remotely.
Senior U.S. District Judge Loretta Preska said in a court order that her decision was “consistent” with the CARES Act coronavirus response legislation. The CARES Act allows for the video or teleconferencing of misdemeanor sentencings, among other court criminal proceedings, during the pandemic national emergency.
Donziger, who was disbarred in New York last year, was charged in August 2019 with criminal contempt for, among other things, failing to turn over his computer, phones and other electronic devices. He has been in home detention since August 2019 to address concerns of flight risk.
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