This is HUGE news: Most major news outlets have refused to cover the Chevron/TEXACO-sponsored prosecution of Steven Donziger, and now we know one reason why. 

In December 2020, Just Forests worked with Steven Donziger (pic above), Rex Wyler (Greenpeace INT) and Patrick Alley (Global Witness) to ask UNICEF Ireland ambassador and board member, Donnacha O’Callaghan to stop allowing TEXACO use him to ‘greenwash’ their atrocious human-rights abuses-but to date UNICEF and DOCHAS have failed to act to resolve this very concerning ‘conflict of interest’ that goes right to the heart of development education (DE) in Ireland.

Steven Donziger is a U.S. human rights attorney who helped communities in Ecuador’s Amazon win a historic multibillion-dollar pollution judgment against Chevron for the dumping of billions of gallons of cancer-causing oil waste onto Indigenous ancestral lands. Since the judgment issued in 2013, Chevron has used dozens of law firms and 2000 lawyers to carry out a demonization campaign targeting Steven to send a message of intimidation to all environmental advocates.

This week, we learned that the main lawyer for the New York Times on press issues — Ted Boutrous of the Gibson Dunn firm — is the same lawyer who has billed Chevron millions to attack, demonize, and lock Steven Donziger up.

How is this OBVIOUS conflict of interest allowed to happen?! The NYT is foolish to believe that they could continue to ignore this story while their First Amendment lawyers do the dirty work for Big Oil. It was only a matter of time before their true intentions were uncovered.

Will the NYT own up to protecting Chevron’s colossal misuse of the U.S. justice system and apologize for playing a role in Chevron’s massive retaliation campaign against a human rights lawyer? 

It has been over two weeks since the Chevron-financed “trial” on criminal contempt charges against Steven ended its courtroom phase before Judge Preska. The charges were filed by a judge after Steven courageously appealed a decision that he turn over his computer, cell phone, and confidential case file to the oil company’s lawyers. Preska is a member of the Chevron-funded Federalist Society and she denied Steven a jury. This week, final arguments were submitted in writing. Judge Preska can “convict” Steven (as she will surely do) at any moment.

The real question is whether Judge Preska will sentence Steven to jail on top of the almost two years he has already spent imprisoned in his own home awaiting trial. We note that the maximum sentence ever imposed on a lawyer convicted of criminal contempt of court is 90 days of home detention; to show how absurd this persecution of Steven has become, Steven is now on his 673rd day of home detention.

We need to fight like hell to keep Steven out of jail and freed from house arrest during the pendency of his appeal, which could last 12 to 18 months.

The Free Donziger Legal Team has a compelling appeal to overturn any conviction given the unfairness and corruption of the trial. But we need your support to do this. 



Steven Donziger has been detained at home since August 2019, the result of a Kafkaesque legal battle stemming from his crusade on behalf of Indigenous Amazonians

SOURCE: The Guardian

The lawyer who took on Chevron – and now marks his 600th day under house arrest

Steven Donziger, who on march 28th will have been under house arrest for 600 days.
Steven Donziger, who on march 28th will have been under house arrest for 600 days. Photograph: Laylah Amatullah Barrayn/The Guardian
Steven Donziger has been detained at home since August 2019, the result of a Kafkaesque legal battle stemming from his crusade on behalf of Indigenous Amazonians
Oliver Milman



Many of us will have felt the grip of claustrophobic isolation over the past year, but the lawyer Steven Donziger has experienced an extreme, very personal confinement as a pandemic arrived and then raged around him in New York City.

On Sunday, Donziger reached his 600th day of an unprecedented house arrest that has resulted from a sprawling, Kafkaesque legal battle with the oil giant Chevron. Donziger spearheaded a lengthy crusade against the company on behalf of tens of thousands of Indigenous people in the Amazon rainforest whose homes and health were devastated by oil pollution, only to himself become, as he describes it, the victim of a “planned targeting by a corporation to destroy my life”.

Since August 2019, Donziger has been restricted to his elegant Manhattan apartment, a clunky court-mandated monitoring bracelet he calls “the black claw” continuously strapped to his left ankle. He cannot even venture into the hallway, or to pick up his mail. Exempted excursions for medical appointments or major school events for his 14-year-old son require permission days in advance. An indoor bike sits by the front door in lieu of alternative exercise options.

SOURCE: The Guardian

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