Steven Donziger embraces his son Matthew after his hearing outside Manhattan Federal Courthouse, October 1, 2021. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

Chevron foe Donziger surrenders after losing bid to avert prison

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Oct 27 – Disbarred lawyer Steven Donziger, who was convicted of prison contempt after a decades-long authorized battle with Chevron Corp over rainforest air pollution in Ecuador, surrendered to authorities Wednesday after losing his bid to keep out of prison throughout his enchantment, his lawyer mentioned.

The 2nd U.S. Circuit Courtroom of Appeals on Tuesday denied Donziger’s request to delay his six-month prison time period or grant him bail as he challenges his conviction and sentence. His lawyer Ronald Kuby mentioned in courtroom paperwork Wednesday afternoon that he had surrendered and was within the custody of the federal prison in Danbury, Connecticut.

“It is sadly typical of the degraded quality of justice in this case that the only way Mr. Donziger could prove he was not a flight risk was to show up and be imprisoned,” Kuby mentioned in an announcement.

Rita Glavin of Glavin PLLC, a lawyer appointed as particular prosecutor within the case, declined to remark.

Donziger is interesting his July conviction for prison contempt and Oct. 1 sentencing to six months’ prison by a federal choose in Manhattan.

The contempt case stems from post-judgment orders in a civil case during which one other Manhattan choose, in 2014, barred enforcement in the USA of a $9.5 billion judgment in opposition to Chevron Corp that Donziger had gained in an Ecuadorian courtroom. The choose mentioned the Ecuadorian judgment had been secured by bribery, fraud and extortion.

Donziger, who was disbarred in New York final 12 months, was charged with contempt in 2019 for failing to flip over his laptop, telephones and different digital units, amongst different conduct. The New York Metropolis resident has been in house detention since August 2019 to handle considerations of flight threat.

Tuesday’s 2nd Circuit order additionally expedites Donziger’s enchantment.

The case is United States of America v. Donziger, 2nd U.S. Circuit Courtroom of Appeals, No. 21-2486.

For United States of America: Rita Glavin of Glavin PLLC; and Brian Paul Maloney of Seward & Kissel

For Donziger: William Taylor of Zuckerman Spaeder

(Ed be aware: This story was up to date after Donziger’s lawyer confirmed he was in prison custody.)

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Sebastien Malo

Sebastien Malo reviews on environmental, local weather and vitality litigation. Attain him at [email protected]