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Steven Donziger: Declines To Mount Defense As Contempt Trial Wraps

Date: May 17, 2021

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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