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By Lee Camp
September 7th, 2021
âIâm being prosecuted by a Chevron law firm that has locked me up, deprived me of my liberty,â Donziger says.
uman rights attorney Steven Donziger has now been under house arrest in his New York City apartment for two years. The reason for his detainment, as Lee Camp puts it in this clip from âRedacted Tonight,â is that Donziger made it his business to hold Chevron accountable for how the Big Oil megacorp âharmed, sickened and killed tens of thousands in Ecuadorâ and tried to avoid paying âbillions of dollarsâ in restitutions.
Donzigerâs battle against American oil companies and on behalf of indigenous communities and farmers in Ecuador spans nearly three decades. He was part of an international legal team that represented indigenous groups in Northern Ecuador where, as he tells Camp, from the 1960s to the â90s Texaco (now Chevron) deliberately âdumped billions of gallons of cancer-causing toxic wasteâ into local waterways, costing thousands of people their health, livelihoodâeven their lives.
Though in 2011 the lawsuit culminated in a historic $9.5 billion pollution judgment, Chevron brass subsequently focused on going after Donziger rather than paying the fee. In late July, he was hit with a six counts of criminal contempt, a conviction stemming in part from his refusal to turn over his computer and other devices, which he fought last month with a request for a new trial. His ongoing pre-trial detainment for a misdemeanor offense is unprecedented for any person without a prior criminal record in federal court. (Click here to watch Chris Hedgesâ interview with Donziger, and listen to Robert Scheerâs âScheer Intelligenceâ podcast episode with Donziger here.)
âSo, Iâm being prosecuted by a Chevron law firm that has locked me up, deprived me of my liberty,â Donziger says . âI later found out that a prosecutor from the law firm whoâs benefiting from her relationship to Chevron, Rita Glavinââwho, as Reuters notes, is also defending former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo as he faces multiple accusations of sexual harassmentââwas using the FBI for various meetings with other Chevron lawyers who supposedly were the witnesses against me,â he says. âItâs totally unheard of.â
Donzigerâs plight has sparked concern and drawn criticism from around the globe, as the embattled lawyer himself noted Tuesday afternoon on his Twitter feed:
But as Donziger pointed out earlier that day on his Twitter feed, itâs not always easy to find accurate information about his case online:
Donziger brings viewers up to date, and fills in those parts of his story that might not pop right up in a Google search, in his discussion with Camp.