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Steven Donziger’s Criminal Contempt Trial Postponed-

Steven Donziger speaks with reporters outside the federal courthouse on April 20, 2015.

Writing that the court finds itself in a “deeply disturbing” situation that is “largely the result of the machinations of Mr. Donziger and his legal team,” U.S. District Court Judge Loretta Preska of the Southern District of New York has postponed the contempt-of-court criminal trial of lawyer Steven Donziger.

The new date? Nov. 3, Election Day.

The bench trial had long been scheduled for Sept. 9. If convicted, Donziger, the environmental lawyer known for his longstanding and bitter legal battles with Chevron, could be sentenced to up to six months in prison.

In a five-page order, Preska, who throughout August denied all of Donziger’s numerous attempts to win a postponement of the in-person trial, wrote that “over the past few weeks, Mr. Donziger and his counsel have employed virtually every conceivable tactic to stop trial from starting as long scheduled.”

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