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Steven Donziger: Expects To Be Convicted Of Criminal Contempt

The lawyer of Ecuadorean people affected by Texaco-Chevron --who have long sought compensation for pollution between the 1970s and early 1990s-- Steven Donziger, speaks during a press conference on March 19, 2014 in Quito. Earlier this month, a US judge upheld Chevron's allegations that an Ecuadoran court decision ordering it to pay $9.5 billion for oil pollution in the Amazon jungle was fraudulently obtained. Donziger announced they will appeal against this decision. AFP PHOTO / RODRIGO BUENDIA (Photo credit should read RODRIGO BUENDIA/AFP/Getty Images)

Chevron foe Steven Donziger said Friday after observing the prosecution case play out in his criminal contempt bench trial that he expects to be convicted when the trial concludes.

Donziger, the disbarred human rights lawyer who has fought a bitter decades-long battle with Chevron over oil pollution in Ecuador, has been on trial since May 10 before U.S. District Judge Loretta Preska on charges of misdemeanor criminal contempt for disobeying court orders. Those orders came in Chevron’s underlying civil case against Donziger, filed on the heels of his multibillion-dollar pollution win against the oil giant in Ecuador. 

“There is no doubt in my mind Judge Preska will convict me,” Donziger said Friday in a press conference over Zoom. “I also believe had I had an unbiased fact-finder — that is, a jury of my peers — there is a very good chance I would be acquitted of all six counts.”

Donziger made similar comments before trial that he felt resigned to losing.

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