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Steven Donziger: Expects To Be Convicted Of Criminal Contempt

Date: May 14, 2021

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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