Donziger's Contempt Conviction Upheld By Split 2nd Circ.

By Rachel Scharf (June 22, 2022, 10:55 AM EDT) -- A divided Second Circuit panel on Wednesday upheld disbarred human rights lawyer Steven Donziger's conviction for disobeying court orders in civil litigation over a since-overturned $8.7 billion Ecuadorian pollution judgment against Chevron, saying federal judges have the power to appoint special prosecutors.

Steven Donziger speaks to reporters in October 2021. On Wednesday, a Second Circuit panel upheld Donziger's conviction for disobeying court orders in civil litigation. (Pete Brush | Law360) The majority held that U.S. District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan did not violate the Constitution's appointments clause by tapping Rita Glavin of Glavin PLLC to prosecute criminal contempt charges against Donziger...

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