A Manhattan federal judge has rejected Chevron foe Steven Donziger’s request for a livestream of his upcoming criminal contempt trial, saying Tuesday that federal rules won’t allow it.
U.S. District Judge Loretta Preska denied Donziger’s bid for a video or audio stream to allow what the disbarred attorney predicted would have been “hundreds or thousands” of people from all over the world to follow the proceedings beginning May 10. Donziger faces misdemeanor charges arising from an underlying civil suit brought by Chevron over his $9 billion win against the oil giant in Ecuador for alleged environmental abuses.
“Consistent with the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, the court will not provide remote audio-visual access,” the judge said, adding in a footnote that Rule 53 bars “broadcasting” of proceedings.
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