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Steven Donziger: Prosecutors Say Contempt Case Isn’t ‘Vindictive’

Date: Apr 28, 2021

Special prosecutors pursuing criminal contempt charges against Steven Donziger urged a New York federal judge Tuesday not to toss the case, arguing the disbarred attorney’s allegations of a “vindictive” prosecution and judicial bias have already been rejected by the court.

Donziger, who faces trial on May 10 on charges of disobeying U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan’s court orders in a civil dispute with Chevron over a $9 billion Ecuador environmental judgment, had told U.S. District Judge Loretta Preska on April 12 that he’s a victim of “vindictive and selective prosecution” orchestrated by judges and prosecutors all biased in favor of Chevron.

But the prosecutors, Rita Glavin and Sareen Armani of Glavin PLLC and Brian Maloney of Seward & Kissel LLP, said Donziger has already tried and failed to allege bias, citing Judge Preska’s May 2020 refusal to toss or disqualify anyone from the case.

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