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Steven Donziger: Declines To Mount Defense As Contempt Trial Wraps

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Steven Donziger’s request to read a brief statement instead of taking the witness stand was denied. A request for more information on the private attorney prosecuting him for criminal contempt was denied. A request for emails between that attorney and the federal judge who appointed her was denied. The defense rested its case.

That’s how the unusual bench trial of the longtime Chevron foe came to a close on Monday in a proceeding that lasted less than an hour and was bookended by protests featuring rock star Roger Waters, Harvard Law professor Charles Nesson and dozens of other supporters in #FreeDonziger face masks.

“Now the challenge will be to keep me out of jail,” Donziger told a crowd of supporters gathered outside the federal courthouse after the trial, proudly displaying the ankle bracelet he has worn for more than 650 days while on home confinement awaiting the outcome of the trial.

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#Factsmatter: An international arbitration panel found ‘no cogent evidence’ supporting #Ecuador’s claim that #Texaco failed to comply with terms of remediation in #Amazon.
The @WSJ sums this case up nicely, “[Steven Donziger] and his team fabricated evidence, promised $500,000 to an #Ecuadorean judge to rule in their favor, ghostwrote much of the final verdict and took other actions that ‘perverted’ the course of #justice. Mr. Donziger disputes the…
Shameless. Disbarred and convicted of criminal contempt of court for bribing an Ecuadorian judge in an attempted extortion scheme, @SDonziger is nonetheless accepting invitations to speak at #climate rallies. Read more about this adjudicated racketeer:
Sworn testimony: While Texaco met its environmental obligations in the Amazon, #Ecuador’s national oil company did “absolutely nothing” to address its own remediation in the area. #FactsMatter:
DENIED: @SCOTUS rejects hearing case of Steven Donziger, who bribed Ecuadorian judge in failed effort to bilk Chevron for billions of dollars.

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