Donziger enlists protection professional William Taylor for prison attraction

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  • Zuckerman Spaeder accomplice contesting Steven Donziger’s conviction and sentence
  • Taylor identified for defending ex-IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn
  • Recent purchasers embrace Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou

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(Reuters) – Disbarred lawyer Steven Donziger, whose decades-long authorized battle with Chevron Corp over rainforest air pollution in Ecuador led to his personal prison contempt prosecution in New York, has enlisted a brand new lawyer to attempt to undo his conviction and jail sentence.

William Taylor, a founding accomplice at nationwide regulation agency Zuckerman Spaeder, on Monday filed a notice that he’ll ask the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to evaluate Donziger’s July conviction and sentencing final week. U.S. District Judge Loretta Preska in Manhattan sentenced Donziger to 6 month behind bars on Friday for defying court docket orders.

Taylor declined to remark. He will work alongside Donziger lawyer Martin Garbus of Offit Kurman. Rita Glavin, a particular prosecutor within the case, declined to remark.

Taylor has taken many high-profile instances through the years. His most up-to-date purchasers embrace Huawei chief monetary officer Meng Wanzhou, who reached a deferred prosecution settlement with U.S. prosecutors final month over financial institution and wire fraud prices, and social media persona “Roaring Kitty,” whose on-line posts helped spark January’s buying and selling frenzy in GameStop Corp.

The Washington, D.C., lawyer represented Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the previous International Monetary Fund chief who was accused of sexually assaulting a New York resort maid in 2011 earlier than the prison prices have been dropped.

He additionally represented former Obama White House counsel and ex-Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom accomplice Gregory Craig, who was discovered not responsible in 2019 of mendacity about work he carried out for Ukraine in a case that grew out of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.

Though a lot of Donziger’s attorneys have represented him professional bono, his former lead lawyer Andrew Frisch sued him final 12 months for non-payment. Taylor didn’t reply to a query asking about his choice to symbolize Donziger and the way he will likely be paid.

Donziger, who was disbarred in New York final 12 months, was charged in August 2019 with failing to show over his laptop, telephones and different digital gadgets, amongst different conduct. The New York City resident has been in house detention since August 2019 to deal with considerations of flight danger.

His contempt case stems from post-judgment orders in a civil case by which a Manhattan choose in 2014 barred enforcement within the United States of a $9.5 billion judgment in opposition to Chevron Corp that Donziger had received in an Ecuadorian court docket. The choose stated the Ecuadorian judgment had been secured by means of bribery, fraud and extortion.

Donziger stays below house confinement. Preska ordered him to start his sentence until he recordsdata a movement for launch pending attraction by Friday that requests expedited consideration, stated Ronald Kuby, one other lawyer for Donziger.

The case is United States v. Donziger, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, No. 1:19-cr-00561.

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

For Donziger: William Taylor of Zuckerman Spaeder; Martin Garbus of Offit Kurman; and Ronald Kuby

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Disbarred Chevron foe Donziger pleads for time served sentence

Special prosecutor: ‘no particular suggestion’ on Donziger sentence

Sebastien Malo

Sebastien Malo reporters on environmental, local weather and vitality litigation. Reach him at sebastien.malo@thomsonreuters.com

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