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Former environmental lawyer Steven Donziger sentenced to 6 months on contempt costs

A federal choose on Friday sentenced former environmental lawyer Steven Donziger to 6 months in jail after discovering him responsible on contempt costs in July.

Donziger within the Nineteen Nineties sued Texaco on behalf of Ecuadorian farmers and Indigenous individuals, securing an $8.5 billion judgment in 2011. The identical 12 months, Chevron, which had since acquired the corporate, countersued and accused Donziger of bribery and proof tampering.

A federal choose present in Chevron’s favor, overturning the award and later charging Donziger with contempt. Donziger, who has been below home arrest for 2 years, was disbarred in 2018. Choose Lewis Kaplan took the bizarre step of appointing non-public attorneys as prosecutors within the case after federal prosecutors with the Southern District of New York declined to take it. One of many attorneys appointed beforehand labored for a agency Chevron has retained.

In passing the sentence Friday, U.S. District Choose Loretta Preska accused Donziger of an “astonishing lack of respect for the legislation” and “spen[ding] the final seven years thumbing his nostril on the judicial system,” in keeping with Bloomberg.

The sentence comes the day after the United Nations’ Working Group on Arbitrary Detention condemned Donziger’s home arrest and referred to as for his speedy launch, noting that he has already been detained longer than the utmost sentence for the fees.

“On this regard the Working Group recollects that the Human Rights Committee has argued that ‘[I]f the size of time that the defendant has been detained reaches the size of the longest sentence that could possibly be imposed for the crimes charged, the defendant needs to be launched,” the group added.

“As I face sentencing on Day 787 of home arrest, always remember what this case is de facto about,” Donziger tweeted Friday morning. “Chevron prompted a mass industrial poisoning within the Amazon that crushed the lives of Indigenous peoples. Six courts and 28 appellate judges discovered the corporate responsible. Combat on.”

The Hill has reached out to Martin Garbus, an legal professional for Donziger, for remark.