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Prosecutor Blesses Donziger’s Bid To Delay Trial To May

Date: Jan 8, 2021

n light of Chevron foe Steven Donziger’s objections to a remote trial, the special prosecutor in his New York federal contempt case said Thursday she would consent to a May postponement.   

Manhattan’s chief federal judge recently encouraged remote proceedings for all bench trials through mid-February because of the coronavirus pandemic, and Donziger is currently set for a bench trial Jan. 19. He faces misdemeanor charges he disobeyed court orders in Chevron’s underlying civil suit against Donziger over a $9 billion Ecuador environmental judgment.

Special prosecutor Rita Glavin told U.S. District Judge Loretta Preska in a letter Thursday that Donziger’s side “objects to conducting the trial remotely.”

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