SlideShare a Scribd company logo
Dear Friends,
I hoped I never would have to write this email -- but I must given the disturbing events of the last few
days that might end up forcing me to prison as soon as two weeks from now if I cannot stop a non-
jury "trial" that Judges Lewis A. Kaplan and Loretta Preska are trying to hold on Sept. 9 in the middle
of the COVID pandemic.
While thousands of defendants are incarcerated pre-trial in New York and elsewhere facing felony
charges while courthouses are largely closed, these judges want to make my misdemeanor case the
first criminal trial in New York since the pandemic hit in March -- putting lives at risk for a relatively
minor case that in normal circumstances never leads to jail time. To say this is being set up as a
railroading of a human rights lawyer might be the understatement of the year.
Critically, Judge Preska last week disqualified my lead lawyers Rick Friedman and Zoe Littlepage from
the case on the eve of trial over a minor issue related to a conflict affecting one of the six counts
against me. My other lawyers (all of whom are working pro bono) cannot travel safely to New York to
be with me because of the pandemic; nor can many of my witnesses come to court to help me
defend myself.
If this trial goes forward as planned on Sept. 9, I likely will be alone in the courtroom with no way to
defend myself in the absence of my lead lawyers.
Judge Preska rejected our proposal to postpone the trial until at least December so all can
safely attend and so my right to a fair trial under the Constitution can be protected. She also assigned
a new lawyer to represent me who cannot possibly be prepared by Sept. 9 even if I wanted to work
with him. (He represented me in this case before withdrawing without notice a few months ago).
This appears to be part of a plan to obtain my conviction without due process of law. Judge Kaplan
now controls the charging apparatus (he charged me after the U.S. Attorney rejected the case); the
judge (he appointed Judge Preska, violating rules requiring random assignment of cases); he named
the private prosecutor from a law firm that has financial ties to Chevron; and now, to close the loop,
he is assigning me my own defense lawyer and denying my choice of counsel! This is not how it is
supposed to happen in a rule of law country like the United States.
Once the case ends, Judge Preska will have the option to put in jail immediately to start serving a six-
month sentence on top of the 13 months I have been detained at home. She can make me serve this
time during my appeal which won't be decided until well after any prison term has ended. I believe
she is prepared to do this despite the fact the longest sentence ever imposed on a lawyer convicted
of a contempt charge in New York is three months of home confinement.
Judge Kaplan, a former tobacco industry lawyer, has been facilitating Chevron's attacks against me
for years after I helped win the $9.5b pollution judgment against the company in 2011. He charged
me with misdemeanor "criminal" contempt in 2018 when I challenged his unprecedented order that I
turn over my computer and cell phone to Chevron -- an order that clearly violates the sacrosanct
attorney-client privilege. My argument on the appeal of that order is scheduled for Sept. 15. This
might explain the rush to trial on Sept. 9. Judge Kaplan no doubt wants me to be a "convicted
criminal" when that case gets argued.
Here is how you can help:
1) If you can, please donate to my legal defense fund at www.donzigerdefense.com. If I go to jail, my
lawyers will have to fight to get me out. My family will have to survive. We need funds urgently. (For
those who have already given, our deep thanks.)
2) If you cannot give, please go to our website at makechevroncleanup.com to join the campaign
and send an email to Congress to investigate the many irregularities afflicting this case.
3) If the trial happens on Sept. 9, please come and bear witness at the federal courthouse in lower
Manhattan if you can. Without a public presence, there will be little if any accountability. The
address of the courthouse is 500 Pearl Street. I will give more details as we get closer to the date --
and it might be possible to watch some or all of the trial online. (DO NOT COME TO COURT UNTIL
WE CONFIRM DATE.)
On the "good news" front, we are getting some amazing press. Pulitzer-prize winning journalist Chris
Hedges (formerly of the New York Times) posted this great article that includes a long interview with
me; seven prominent lawyers have formed a trial monitoring committee to call out the many due
process violations in my case; and my own team of lawyers have acted courageously in calling for a
postponement of the trial due to the pandemic.
Just today, more than 200 lawyers and 37 legal organizations filed an ethics complaint against Judge
Kaplan that is breathtaking in its level of detail.
One member of the case monitoring committee, Jeannie Mirer, is President of the International
Association of Democratic Lawyers. She said: "The campaign of judicial and corporate harassment
being waged against Steven Donziger is chilling in scope and intensity. We want all parties to know
that from this point forward we will be watching."
Please understand how unprecedented it is for the government to give a private corporation (via its
law firm) the judicial power to prosecute a lawyer who beat it in court. I am the first lawyer in U.S.
history detained prior to trial for a contempt charge. This is a direct assault on my rights as well as
those of thousands of Indigenous peoples and local residents in the Amazon who are still being
poisoned by oil pollution and have no funds to remediate their ancestral lands. (For background, see
this article.)
In closing, please know we are deeply appreciative of your support. If you have any questions, please
reach out to me via this email or text me. The situation is fluid. I will keep you posted and let you
know where things stand prior to Sept. 9.
Hugs to everybody,
Steven Donziger
Here are some more background articles:
Two retired federal judges publicly criticize Judges Kaplan and Preska for running an unfair judicial
process against me; they also urge my immediate release:
https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5ac2615b8f5130fda4340fcb/t/5f0dc3fd6a8632767c2de633/1
594737663061/2020-07-13-law360-gertner-bennett.pdf
Statement of support from 29 Nobel laureates:
https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5ac2615b8f5130fda4340fcb/t/5e9890f6d641a53d544792d6/
1587056892216/2020-04-nobel-laureates-statement.pdf
Letter from 475 lawyers and bar associations that concludes my detention is illegal:
https://iadllaw.org/2020/05/over-475-lawyers-legal-organizations-and-human-rights-defenders-
support-lawyer-steven-donziger/
Israeli environmentalists are trying to block Chevron from buying the country's gas assets until it pays
the Ecuador judgment:
https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5ac2615b8f5130fda4340fcb/t/5f1eff219fe42f649e0514f6/15
95866914406/2020-07-27-zalul-alistair-letter.pdf

More Related Content

What's hot

Quantitative Methods in Socio-Legal Studies: A Methodology Clinic Workbook - ...
Quantitative Methods in Socio-Legal Studies: A Methodology Clinic Workbook - ...Quantitative Methods in Socio-Legal Studies: A Methodology Clinic Workbook - ...
Quantitative Methods in Socio-Legal Studies: A Methodology Clinic Workbook - ...
Michelle Cowley-Cunningham
 
Determining whether qualified or absolute immunity applies to a prosecutor
Determining whether qualified or absolute immunity applies to a prosecutorDetermining whether qualified or absolute immunity applies to a prosecutor
Determining whether qualified or absolute immunity applies to a prosecutor
Alexander Yorko
 
PLEG Portolio Project Final
PLEG Portolio Project FinalPLEG Portolio Project Final
PLEG Portolio Project Final
Tania Wingard
 
Federal Cannabis (Kaneh-Bos) Religious Permit and Correspondence
Federal Cannabis (Kaneh-Bos) Religious Permit and CorrespondenceFederal Cannabis (Kaneh-Bos) Religious Permit and Correspondence
Federal Cannabis (Kaneh-Bos) Religious Permit and Correspondence
Alan Gordon
 
092210 gov criminal trial 50m
092210 gov criminal trial 50m092210 gov criminal trial 50m
092210 gov criminal trial 50m
Monta Vista High School
 
Bark & co 1
Bark & co 1Bark & co 1
Bark & co 1
kathybates34
 
Judge revokes Zimmerman's bond - CNN.com
Judge revokes Zimmerman's bond - CNN.comJudge revokes Zimmerman's bond - CNN.com
Judge revokes Zimmerman's bond - CNN.com
jazzybaby4843
 
Career Accomplishments 2017
Career Accomplishments 2017Career Accomplishments 2017
Career Accomplishments 2017
Greg Broussard
 
TNT Tony - Iraqi Dinar Guru Scam - Court Sentencing Transcript
TNT Tony - Iraqi Dinar Guru Scam - Court Sentencing TranscriptTNT Tony - Iraqi Dinar Guru Scam - Court Sentencing Transcript
TNT Tony - Iraqi Dinar Guru Scam - Court Sentencing Transcript
Iraqi Dinar News
 
Understanding Your Probation Sentence in California
Understanding Your Probation Sentence in California Understanding Your Probation Sentence in California
Understanding Your Probation Sentence in California
Domenic J. Lombardo
 
TNT Dinar - TNT Tony Court Sentencing Documents Tony Renfrow 14 Daily Plus
TNT Dinar - TNT Tony Court Sentencing Documents Tony Renfrow 14 Daily PlusTNT Dinar - TNT Tony Court Sentencing Documents Tony Renfrow 14 Daily Plus
TNT Dinar - TNT Tony Court Sentencing Documents Tony Renfrow 14 Daily Plus
Iraqi Dinar News
 
Depositions
DepositionsDepositions
Depositions
screaminc
 
aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa
aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa
aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa
EssayWritingService
 
Us v leon_us_v_richard_nixon
Us v leon_us_v_richard_nixonUs v leon_us_v_richard_nixon
Us v leon_us_v_richard_nixon
steventringali
 
Garigen appeal
Garigen appealGarigen appeal
Garigen appeal
Beau Dure
 

What's hot (15)

Quantitative Methods in Socio-Legal Studies: A Methodology Clinic Workbook - ...
Quantitative Methods in Socio-Legal Studies: A Methodology Clinic Workbook - ...Quantitative Methods in Socio-Legal Studies: A Methodology Clinic Workbook - ...
Quantitative Methods in Socio-Legal Studies: A Methodology Clinic Workbook - ...
 
Determining whether qualified or absolute immunity applies to a prosecutor
Determining whether qualified or absolute immunity applies to a prosecutorDetermining whether qualified or absolute immunity applies to a prosecutor
Determining whether qualified or absolute immunity applies to a prosecutor
 
PLEG Portolio Project Final
PLEG Portolio Project FinalPLEG Portolio Project Final
PLEG Portolio Project Final
 
Federal Cannabis (Kaneh-Bos) Religious Permit and Correspondence
Federal Cannabis (Kaneh-Bos) Religious Permit and CorrespondenceFederal Cannabis (Kaneh-Bos) Religious Permit and Correspondence
Federal Cannabis (Kaneh-Bos) Religious Permit and Correspondence
 
092210 gov criminal trial 50m
092210 gov criminal trial 50m092210 gov criminal trial 50m
092210 gov criminal trial 50m
 
Bark & co 1
Bark & co 1Bark & co 1
Bark & co 1
 
Judge revokes Zimmerman's bond - CNN.com
Judge revokes Zimmerman's bond - CNN.comJudge revokes Zimmerman's bond - CNN.com
Judge revokes Zimmerman's bond - CNN.com
 
Career Accomplishments 2017
Career Accomplishments 2017Career Accomplishments 2017
Career Accomplishments 2017
 
TNT Tony - Iraqi Dinar Guru Scam - Court Sentencing Transcript
TNT Tony - Iraqi Dinar Guru Scam - Court Sentencing TranscriptTNT Tony - Iraqi Dinar Guru Scam - Court Sentencing Transcript
TNT Tony - Iraqi Dinar Guru Scam - Court Sentencing Transcript
 
Understanding Your Probation Sentence in California
Understanding Your Probation Sentence in California Understanding Your Probation Sentence in California
Understanding Your Probation Sentence in California
 
TNT Dinar - TNT Tony Court Sentencing Documents Tony Renfrow 14 Daily Plus
TNT Dinar - TNT Tony Court Sentencing Documents Tony Renfrow 14 Daily PlusTNT Dinar - TNT Tony Court Sentencing Documents Tony Renfrow 14 Daily Plus
TNT Dinar - TNT Tony Court Sentencing Documents Tony Renfrow 14 Daily Plus
 
Depositions
DepositionsDepositions
Depositions
 
aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa
aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa
aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa
 
Us v leon_us_v_richard_nixon
Us v leon_us_v_richard_nixonUs v leon_us_v_richard_nixon
Us v leon_us_v_richard_nixon
 
Garigen appeal
Garigen appealGarigen appeal
Garigen appeal
 

Similar to Lettre ouverte de steven donziger

Supreme Court to Decide Whether Landmark Civil Rights Law Applies .docx
Supreme Court to Decide Whether Landmark Civil Rights Law Applies .docxSupreme Court to Decide Whether Landmark Civil Rights Law Applies .docx
Supreme Court to Decide Whether Landmark Civil Rights Law Applies .docx
mabelf3
 
"Pursue Your Obsolescence": 2005 Commencement Address to Golden Gate Universi...
"Pursue Your Obsolescence": 2005 Commencement Address to Golden Gate Universi..."Pursue Your Obsolescence": 2005 Commencement Address to Golden Gate Universi...
"Pursue Your Obsolescence": 2005 Commencement Address to Golden Gate Universi...
City Attorney of San Francisco
 
291CHAPTER 9 Chapter OutlineIntroductionDouble Jeopard.docx
291CHAPTER 9 Chapter OutlineIntroductionDouble Jeopard.docx291CHAPTER 9 Chapter OutlineIntroductionDouble Jeopard.docx
291CHAPTER 9 Chapter OutlineIntroductionDouble Jeopard.docx
rhetttrevannion
 
Juvenile Case Law Update
Juvenile Case Law UpdateJuvenile Case Law Update
Juvenile Case Law Update
Disability Rights Center of Kansas
 
Letter to JamesMadisonTO JAMES MADISON.Paris, December 20, 1.docx
Letter to JamesMadisonTO JAMES MADISON.Paris, December 20, 1.docxLetter to JamesMadisonTO JAMES MADISON.Paris, December 20, 1.docx
Letter to JamesMadisonTO JAMES MADISON.Paris, December 20, 1.docx
SHIVA101531
 
Respond to these four Kimberly HolcombThursdayMay 9 at 72.docx
Respond to these four Kimberly HolcombThursdayMay 9 at 72.docxRespond to these four Kimberly HolcombThursdayMay 9 at 72.docx
Respond to these four Kimberly HolcombThursdayMay 9 at 72.docx
cwilliam4
 

Similar to Lettre ouverte de steven donziger (6)

Supreme Court to Decide Whether Landmark Civil Rights Law Applies .docx
Supreme Court to Decide Whether Landmark Civil Rights Law Applies .docxSupreme Court to Decide Whether Landmark Civil Rights Law Applies .docx
Supreme Court to Decide Whether Landmark Civil Rights Law Applies .docx
 
"Pursue Your Obsolescence": 2005 Commencement Address to Golden Gate Universi...
"Pursue Your Obsolescence": 2005 Commencement Address to Golden Gate Universi..."Pursue Your Obsolescence": 2005 Commencement Address to Golden Gate Universi...
"Pursue Your Obsolescence": 2005 Commencement Address to Golden Gate Universi...
 
291CHAPTER 9 Chapter OutlineIntroductionDouble Jeopard.docx
291CHAPTER 9 Chapter OutlineIntroductionDouble Jeopard.docx291CHAPTER 9 Chapter OutlineIntroductionDouble Jeopard.docx
291CHAPTER 9 Chapter OutlineIntroductionDouble Jeopard.docx
 
Juvenile Case Law Update
Juvenile Case Law UpdateJuvenile Case Law Update
Juvenile Case Law Update
 
Letter to JamesMadisonTO JAMES MADISON.Paris, December 20, 1.docx
Letter to JamesMadisonTO JAMES MADISON.Paris, December 20, 1.docxLetter to JamesMadisonTO JAMES MADISON.Paris, December 20, 1.docx
Letter to JamesMadisonTO JAMES MADISON.Paris, December 20, 1.docx
 
Respond to these four Kimberly HolcombThursdayMay 9 at 72.docx
Respond to these four Kimberly HolcombThursdayMay 9 at 72.docxRespond to these four Kimberly HolcombThursdayMay 9 at 72.docx
Respond to these four Kimberly HolcombThursdayMay 9 at 72.docx
 

More from JLMB

Bielorussie Syarhey Zikratski rayé du barreau
Bielorussie Syarhey Zikratski rayé du barreauBielorussie Syarhey Zikratski rayé du barreau
Bielorussie Syarhey Zikratski rayé du barreau
JLMB
 
Mort de l'avocate Ebru Timtik - interpellation des affaires étrangères belges
Mort de l'avocate Ebru Timtik - interpellation des affaires étrangères belgesMort de l'avocate Ebru Timtik - interpellation des affaires étrangères belges
Mort de l'avocate Ebru Timtik - interpellation des affaires étrangères belges
JLMB
 
Kasaï Lutte contre l'impunite bis pdf
Kasaï Lutte contre l'impunite bis pdfKasaï Lutte contre l'impunite bis pdf
Kasaï Lutte contre l'impunite bis pdf
JLMB
 
Grève de la faim dans les prisons turques : deux morts récents
Grève de la faim dans les prisons turques : deux morts récentsGrève de la faim dans les prisons turques : deux morts récents
Grève de la faim dans les prisons turques : deux morts récents
JLMB
 
Le monde 14.4.20 Comment comprendre les propos du bâtonnier de Valence ?
Le monde 14.4.20 Comment comprendre les propos du bâtonnier de Valence ?Le monde 14.4.20 Comment comprendre les propos du bâtonnier de Valence ?
Le monde 14.4.20 Comment comprendre les propos du bâtonnier de Valence ?
JLMB
 
Philippines - liste des attaques contre des avocats
Philippines - liste des attaques contre des avocatsPhilippines - liste des attaques contre des avocats
Philippines - liste des attaques contre des avocats
JLMB
 
Appel nasrin sotoudeh
Appel nasrin sotoudehAppel nasrin sotoudeh
Appel nasrin sotoudeh
JLMB
 
un appel du barreau d'Istanbul en soutien à l'avocat Erdal dogan
un appel du barreau d'Istanbul en soutien à l'avocat Erdal doganun appel du barreau d'Istanbul en soutien à l'avocat Erdal dogan
un appel du barreau d'Istanbul en soutien à l'avocat Erdal dogan
JLMB
 
Lettre commune au président de la Colombie en soutien à Me Prado
Lettre commune au président de la Colombie en soutien à Me PradoLettre commune au président de la Colombie en soutien à Me Prado
Lettre commune au président de la Colombie en soutien à Me Prado
JLMB
 
72 avocats assassinés au Brésil depuis 2016
72 avocats assassinés au Brésil depuis 201672 avocats assassinés au Brésil depuis 2016
72 avocats assassinés au Brésil depuis 2016
JLMB
 
Communiqué de presse du barreau d'Itsanbuk
Communiqué de presse du barreau d'ItsanbukCommuniqué de presse du barreau d'Itsanbuk
Communiqué de presse du barreau d'Itsanbuk
JLMB
 
Cameroun : Enlèvement, séquestration et détention arbitraire de Me Mowha Frak...
Cameroun : Enlèvement, séquestration et détention arbitraire de Me Mowha Frak...Cameroun : Enlèvement, séquestration et détention arbitraire de Me Mowha Frak...
Cameroun : Enlèvement, séquestration et détention arbitraire de Me Mowha Frak...
JLMB
 
Audience du 10 septembre 2018 en cause de 17 avocats du CHD (Istanbul)
Audience du 10 septembre 2018 en cause de 17 avocats du CHD (Istanbul)Audience du 10 septembre 2018 en cause de 17 avocats du CHD (Istanbul)
Audience du 10 septembre 2018 en cause de 17 avocats du CHD (Istanbul)
JLMB
 
Rapport commun sur la mission d'observation au camp de Moria à Lesbos
Rapport commun sur la mission d'observation au camp de Moria à LesbosRapport commun sur la mission d'observation au camp de Moria à Lesbos
Rapport commun sur la mission d'observation au camp de Moria à Lesbos
JLMB
 
AVOCATS.BE demande la libération de Me Nasrin Sotoudeh
AVOCATS.BE demande la libération de Me Nasrin SotoudehAVOCATS.BE demande la libération de Me Nasrin Sotoudeh
AVOCATS.BE demande la libération de Me Nasrin Sotoudeh
JLMB
 
Rapport de mission DSF en Turquie du 23 mai 2018 Istanbul
Rapport de mission DSF en Turquie du 23 mai 2018 IstanbulRapport de mission DSF en Turquie du 23 mai 2018 Istanbul
Rapport de mission DSF en Turquie du 23 mai 2018 Istanbul
JLMB
 
Turquie : rapport de l'IDHAE sur la situtaion des avocats - février 2018
Turquie : rapport de l'IDHAE sur la situtaion des avocats - février 2018Turquie : rapport de l'IDHAE sur la situtaion des avocats - février 2018
Turquie : rapport de l'IDHAE sur la situtaion des avocats - février 2018
JLMB
 
AVOCATS.BE dénonce les atteintes à l'état de droit en Pologne
AVOCATS.BE dénonce les atteintes à l'état de droit en PologneAVOCATS.BE dénonce les atteintes à l'état de droit en Pologne
AVOCATS.BE dénonce les atteintes à l'état de droit en Pologne
JLMB
 
Cameroun : menaces de mort à l'encontre de Mme Maximillienne Ngo Mbe, directr...
Cameroun : menaces de mort à l'encontre de Mme Maximillienne Ngo Mbe, directr...Cameroun : menaces de mort à l'encontre de Mme Maximillienne Ngo Mbe, directr...
Cameroun : menaces de mort à l'encontre de Mme Maximillienne Ngo Mbe, directr...
JLMB
 
La situation des avocats en Chine (update 18/06/2017)
La situation des avocats en Chine (update 18/06/2017)La situation des avocats en Chine (update 18/06/2017)
La situation des avocats en Chine (update 18/06/2017)
JLMB
 

More from JLMB (20)

Bielorussie Syarhey Zikratski rayé du barreau
Bielorussie Syarhey Zikratski rayé du barreauBielorussie Syarhey Zikratski rayé du barreau
Bielorussie Syarhey Zikratski rayé du barreau
 
Mort de l'avocate Ebru Timtik - interpellation des affaires étrangères belges
Mort de l'avocate Ebru Timtik - interpellation des affaires étrangères belgesMort de l'avocate Ebru Timtik - interpellation des affaires étrangères belges
Mort de l'avocate Ebru Timtik - interpellation des affaires étrangères belges
 
Kasaï Lutte contre l'impunite bis pdf
Kasaï Lutte contre l'impunite bis pdfKasaï Lutte contre l'impunite bis pdf
Kasaï Lutte contre l'impunite bis pdf
 
Grève de la faim dans les prisons turques : deux morts récents
Grève de la faim dans les prisons turques : deux morts récentsGrève de la faim dans les prisons turques : deux morts récents
Grève de la faim dans les prisons turques : deux morts récents
 
Le monde 14.4.20 Comment comprendre les propos du bâtonnier de Valence ?
Le monde 14.4.20 Comment comprendre les propos du bâtonnier de Valence ?Le monde 14.4.20 Comment comprendre les propos du bâtonnier de Valence ?
Le monde 14.4.20 Comment comprendre les propos du bâtonnier de Valence ?
 
Philippines - liste des attaques contre des avocats
Philippines - liste des attaques contre des avocatsPhilippines - liste des attaques contre des avocats
Philippines - liste des attaques contre des avocats
 
Appel nasrin sotoudeh
Appel nasrin sotoudehAppel nasrin sotoudeh
Appel nasrin sotoudeh
 
un appel du barreau d'Istanbul en soutien à l'avocat Erdal dogan
un appel du barreau d'Istanbul en soutien à l'avocat Erdal doganun appel du barreau d'Istanbul en soutien à l'avocat Erdal dogan
un appel du barreau d'Istanbul en soutien à l'avocat Erdal dogan
 
Lettre commune au président de la Colombie en soutien à Me Prado
Lettre commune au président de la Colombie en soutien à Me PradoLettre commune au président de la Colombie en soutien à Me Prado
Lettre commune au président de la Colombie en soutien à Me Prado
 
72 avocats assassinés au Brésil depuis 2016
72 avocats assassinés au Brésil depuis 201672 avocats assassinés au Brésil depuis 2016
72 avocats assassinés au Brésil depuis 2016
 
Communiqué de presse du barreau d'Itsanbuk
Communiqué de presse du barreau d'ItsanbukCommuniqué de presse du barreau d'Itsanbuk
Communiqué de presse du barreau d'Itsanbuk
 
Cameroun : Enlèvement, séquestration et détention arbitraire de Me Mowha Frak...
Cameroun : Enlèvement, séquestration et détention arbitraire de Me Mowha Frak...Cameroun : Enlèvement, séquestration et détention arbitraire de Me Mowha Frak...
Cameroun : Enlèvement, séquestration et détention arbitraire de Me Mowha Frak...
 
Audience du 10 septembre 2018 en cause de 17 avocats du CHD (Istanbul)
Audience du 10 septembre 2018 en cause de 17 avocats du CHD (Istanbul)Audience du 10 septembre 2018 en cause de 17 avocats du CHD (Istanbul)
Audience du 10 septembre 2018 en cause de 17 avocats du CHD (Istanbul)
 
Rapport commun sur la mission d'observation au camp de Moria à Lesbos
Rapport commun sur la mission d'observation au camp de Moria à LesbosRapport commun sur la mission d'observation au camp de Moria à Lesbos
Rapport commun sur la mission d'observation au camp de Moria à Lesbos
 
AVOCATS.BE demande la libération de Me Nasrin Sotoudeh
AVOCATS.BE demande la libération de Me Nasrin SotoudehAVOCATS.BE demande la libération de Me Nasrin Sotoudeh
AVOCATS.BE demande la libération de Me Nasrin Sotoudeh
 
Rapport de mission DSF en Turquie du 23 mai 2018 Istanbul
Rapport de mission DSF en Turquie du 23 mai 2018 IstanbulRapport de mission DSF en Turquie du 23 mai 2018 Istanbul
Rapport de mission DSF en Turquie du 23 mai 2018 Istanbul
 
Turquie : rapport de l'IDHAE sur la situtaion des avocats - février 2018
Turquie : rapport de l'IDHAE sur la situtaion des avocats - février 2018Turquie : rapport de l'IDHAE sur la situtaion des avocats - février 2018
Turquie : rapport de l'IDHAE sur la situtaion des avocats - février 2018
 
AVOCATS.BE dénonce les atteintes à l'état de droit en Pologne
AVOCATS.BE dénonce les atteintes à l'état de droit en PologneAVOCATS.BE dénonce les atteintes à l'état de droit en Pologne
AVOCATS.BE dénonce les atteintes à l'état de droit en Pologne
 
Cameroun : menaces de mort à l'encontre de Mme Maximillienne Ngo Mbe, directr...
Cameroun : menaces de mort à l'encontre de Mme Maximillienne Ngo Mbe, directr...Cameroun : menaces de mort à l'encontre de Mme Maximillienne Ngo Mbe, directr...
Cameroun : menaces de mort à l'encontre de Mme Maximillienne Ngo Mbe, directr...
 
La situation des avocats en Chine (update 18/06/2017)
La situation des avocats en Chine (update 18/06/2017)La situation des avocats en Chine (update 18/06/2017)
La situation des avocats en Chine (update 18/06/2017)
 

Recently uploaded

Lifting the Corporate Veil. Power Point Presentation
Lifting the Corporate Veil. Power Point PresentationLifting the Corporate Veil. Power Point Presentation
Lifting the Corporate Veil. Power Point Presentation
seri bangash
 
From Promise to Practice. Implementing AI in Legal Environments
From Promise to Practice. Implementing AI in Legal EnvironmentsFrom Promise to Practice. Implementing AI in Legal Environments
From Promise to Practice. Implementing AI in Legal Environments
ssusera97a2f
 
XYZ-v.-state-of-Maharashtra-Bombay-HC-Writ-Petition-6340-2023.pdf
XYZ-v.-state-of-Maharashtra-Bombay-HC-Writ-Petition-6340-2023.pdfXYZ-v.-state-of-Maharashtra-Bombay-HC-Writ-Petition-6340-2023.pdf
XYZ-v.-state-of-Maharashtra-Bombay-HC-Writ-Petition-6340-2023.pdf
bhavenpr
 
fnaf lore.pptx ...................................
fnaf lore.pptx ...................................fnaf lore.pptx ...................................
fnaf lore.pptx ...................................
20jcoello
 
Defending Weapons Offence Charges: Role of Mississauga Criminal Defence Lawyers
Defending Weapons Offence Charges: Role of Mississauga Criminal Defence LawyersDefending Weapons Offence Charges: Role of Mississauga Criminal Defence Lawyers
Defending Weapons Offence Charges: Role of Mississauga Criminal Defence Lawyers
HarpreetSaini48
 
Patenting_Innovations_in_3D_Printing_Prosthetics.pptx
Patenting_Innovations_in_3D_Printing_Prosthetics.pptxPatenting_Innovations_in_3D_Printing_Prosthetics.pptx
Patenting_Innovations_in_3D_Printing_Prosthetics.pptx
ssuser559494
 
Presentation (1).pptx Human rights of LGBTQ people in India, constitutional a...
Presentation (1).pptx Human rights of LGBTQ people in India, constitutional a...Presentation (1).pptx Human rights of LGBTQ people in India, constitutional a...
Presentation (1).pptx Human rights of LGBTQ people in India, constitutional a...
SKshi
 
Ease of Paying Tax Law Republic Act 11976
Ease of Paying Tax Law Republic Act 11976Ease of Paying Tax Law Republic Act 11976
Ease of Paying Tax Law Republic Act 11976
PelayoGilbert
 
Tax Law Notes on taxation law tax law for 10th sem
Tax Law Notes on taxation law tax law for 10th semTax Law Notes on taxation law tax law for 10th sem
Tax Law Notes on taxation law tax law for 10th sem
azizurrahaman17
 
The Work Permit for Self-Employed Persons in Italy
The Work Permit for Self-Employed Persons in ItalyThe Work Permit for Self-Employed Persons in Italy
The Work Permit for Self-Employed Persons in Italy
BridgeWest.eu
 
Energizing Communities, Fostering Growth, Sustaining Futures
Energizing Communities, Fostering Growth, Sustaining FuturesEnergizing Communities, Fostering Growth, Sustaining Futures
Energizing Communities, Fostering Growth, Sustaining Futures
USDAReapgrants.com
 
2015pmkemenhub163.pdf. 2015pmkemenhub163.pdf
2015pmkemenhub163.pdf. 2015pmkemenhub163.pdf2015pmkemenhub163.pdf. 2015pmkemenhub163.pdf
2015pmkemenhub163.pdf. 2015pmkemenhub163.pdf
CIkumparan
 
Matthew Professional CV experienced Government Liaison
Matthew Professional CV experienced Government LiaisonMatthew Professional CV experienced Government Liaison
Matthew Professional CV experienced Government Liaison
MattGardner52
 
原版制作(PSU毕业证书)宾州州立大学公园分校毕业证学历证书一模一样
原版制作(PSU毕业证书)宾州州立大学公园分校毕业证学历证书一模一样原版制作(PSU毕业证书)宾州州立大学公园分校毕业证学历证书一模一样
原版制作(PSU毕业证书)宾州州立大学公园分校毕业证学历证书一模一样
osenwakm
 
一比一原版(Lincoln毕业证)新西兰林肯大学毕业证如何办理
一比一原版(Lincoln毕业证)新西兰林肯大学毕业证如何办理一比一原版(Lincoln毕业证)新西兰林肯大学毕业证如何办理
一比一原版(Lincoln毕业证)新西兰林肯大学毕业证如何办理
gjsma0ep
 
Genocide in International Criminal Law.pptx
Genocide in International Criminal Law.pptxGenocide in International Criminal Law.pptx
Genocide in International Criminal Law.pptx
MasoudZamani13
 
What are the common challenges faced by women lawyers working in the legal pr...
What are the common challenges faced by women lawyers working in the legal pr...What are the common challenges faced by women lawyers working in the legal pr...
What are the common challenges faced by women lawyers working in the legal pr...
lawyersonia
 
Synopsis On Annual General Meeting/Extra Ordinary General Meeting With Ordina...
Synopsis On Annual General Meeting/Extra Ordinary General Meeting With Ordina...Synopsis On Annual General Meeting/Extra Ordinary General Meeting With Ordina...
Synopsis On Annual General Meeting/Extra Ordinary General Meeting With Ordina...
Syed Muhammad Humza Hussain
 
V.-SENTHIL-BALAJI-SLP-C-8939-8940-2023-SC-Judgment-07-August-2023.pdf
V.-SENTHIL-BALAJI-SLP-C-8939-8940-2023-SC-Judgment-07-August-2023.pdfV.-SENTHIL-BALAJI-SLP-C-8939-8940-2023-SC-Judgment-07-August-2023.pdf
V.-SENTHIL-BALAJI-SLP-C-8939-8940-2023-SC-Judgment-07-August-2023.pdf
bhavenpr
 
在线办理(SU毕业证书)美国雪城大学毕业证成绩单一模一样
在线办理(SU毕业证书)美国雪城大学毕业证成绩单一模一样在线办理(SU毕业证书)美国雪城大学毕业证成绩单一模一样
在线办理(SU毕业证书)美国雪城大学毕业证成绩单一模一样
osenwakm
 

Recently uploaded (20)

Lifting the Corporate Veil. Power Point Presentation
Lifting the Corporate Veil. Power Point PresentationLifting the Corporate Veil. Power Point Presentation
Lifting the Corporate Veil. Power Point Presentation
 
From Promise to Practice. Implementing AI in Legal Environments
From Promise to Practice. Implementing AI in Legal EnvironmentsFrom Promise to Practice. Implementing AI in Legal Environments
From Promise to Practice. Implementing AI in Legal Environments
 
XYZ-v.-state-of-Maharashtra-Bombay-HC-Writ-Petition-6340-2023.pdf
XYZ-v.-state-of-Maharashtra-Bombay-HC-Writ-Petition-6340-2023.pdfXYZ-v.-state-of-Maharashtra-Bombay-HC-Writ-Petition-6340-2023.pdf
XYZ-v.-state-of-Maharashtra-Bombay-HC-Writ-Petition-6340-2023.pdf
 
fnaf lore.pptx ...................................
fnaf lore.pptx ...................................fnaf lore.pptx ...................................
fnaf lore.pptx ...................................
 
Defending Weapons Offence Charges: Role of Mississauga Criminal Defence Lawyers
Defending Weapons Offence Charges: Role of Mississauga Criminal Defence LawyersDefending Weapons Offence Charges: Role of Mississauga Criminal Defence Lawyers
Defending Weapons Offence Charges: Role of Mississauga Criminal Defence Lawyers
 
Patenting_Innovations_in_3D_Printing_Prosthetics.pptx
Patenting_Innovations_in_3D_Printing_Prosthetics.pptxPatenting_Innovations_in_3D_Printing_Prosthetics.pptx
Patenting_Innovations_in_3D_Printing_Prosthetics.pptx
 
Presentation (1).pptx Human rights of LGBTQ people in India, constitutional a...
Presentation (1).pptx Human rights of LGBTQ people in India, constitutional a...Presentation (1).pptx Human rights of LGBTQ people in India, constitutional a...
Presentation (1).pptx Human rights of LGBTQ people in India, constitutional a...
 
Ease of Paying Tax Law Republic Act 11976
Ease of Paying Tax Law Republic Act 11976Ease of Paying Tax Law Republic Act 11976
Ease of Paying Tax Law Republic Act 11976
 
Tax Law Notes on taxation law tax law for 10th sem
Tax Law Notes on taxation law tax law for 10th semTax Law Notes on taxation law tax law for 10th sem
Tax Law Notes on taxation law tax law for 10th sem
 
The Work Permit for Self-Employed Persons in Italy
The Work Permit for Self-Employed Persons in ItalyThe Work Permit for Self-Employed Persons in Italy
The Work Permit for Self-Employed Persons in Italy
 
Energizing Communities, Fostering Growth, Sustaining Futures
Energizing Communities, Fostering Growth, Sustaining FuturesEnergizing Communities, Fostering Growth, Sustaining Futures
Energizing Communities, Fostering Growth, Sustaining Futures
 
2015pmkemenhub163.pdf. 2015pmkemenhub163.pdf
2015pmkemenhub163.pdf. 2015pmkemenhub163.pdf2015pmkemenhub163.pdf. 2015pmkemenhub163.pdf
2015pmkemenhub163.pdf. 2015pmkemenhub163.pdf
 
Matthew Professional CV experienced Government Liaison
Matthew Professional CV experienced Government LiaisonMatthew Professional CV experienced Government Liaison
Matthew Professional CV experienced Government Liaison
 
原版制作(PSU毕业证书)宾州州立大学公园分校毕业证学历证书一模一样
原版制作(PSU毕业证书)宾州州立大学公园分校毕业证学历证书一模一样原版制作(PSU毕业证书)宾州州立大学公园分校毕业证学历证书一模一样
原版制作(PSU毕业证书)宾州州立大学公园分校毕业证学历证书一模一样
 
一比一原版(Lincoln毕业证)新西兰林肯大学毕业证如何办理
一比一原版(Lincoln毕业证)新西兰林肯大学毕业证如何办理一比一原版(Lincoln毕业证)新西兰林肯大学毕业证如何办理
一比一原版(Lincoln毕业证)新西兰林肯大学毕业证如何办理
 
Genocide in International Criminal Law.pptx
Genocide in International Criminal Law.pptxGenocide in International Criminal Law.pptx
Genocide in International Criminal Law.pptx
 
What are the common challenges faced by women lawyers working in the legal pr...
What are the common challenges faced by women lawyers working in the legal pr...What are the common challenges faced by women lawyers working in the legal pr...
What are the common challenges faced by women lawyers working in the legal pr...
 
Synopsis On Annual General Meeting/Extra Ordinary General Meeting With Ordina...
Synopsis On Annual General Meeting/Extra Ordinary General Meeting With Ordina...Synopsis On Annual General Meeting/Extra Ordinary General Meeting With Ordina...
Synopsis On Annual General Meeting/Extra Ordinary General Meeting With Ordina...
 
V.-SENTHIL-BALAJI-SLP-C-8939-8940-2023-SC-Judgment-07-August-2023.pdf
V.-SENTHIL-BALAJI-SLP-C-8939-8940-2023-SC-Judgment-07-August-2023.pdfV.-SENTHIL-BALAJI-SLP-C-8939-8940-2023-SC-Judgment-07-August-2023.pdf
V.-SENTHIL-BALAJI-SLP-C-8939-8940-2023-SC-Judgment-07-August-2023.pdf
 
在线办理(SU毕业证书)美国雪城大学毕业证成绩单一模一样
在线办理(SU毕业证书)美国雪城大学毕业证成绩单一模一样在线办理(SU毕业证书)美国雪城大学毕业证成绩单一模一样
在线办理(SU毕业证书)美国雪城大学毕业证成绩单一模一样
 

Lettre ouverte de steven donziger

  • 1. Dear Friends, I hoped I never would have to write this email -- but I must given the disturbing events of the last few days that might end up forcing me to prison as soon as two weeks from now if I cannot stop a non- jury "trial" that Judges Lewis A. Kaplan and Loretta Preska are trying to hold on Sept. 9 in the middle of the COVID pandemic. While thousands of defendants are incarcerated pre-trial in New York and elsewhere facing felony charges while courthouses are largely closed, these judges want to make my misdemeanor case the first criminal trial in New York since the pandemic hit in March -- putting lives at risk for a relatively minor case that in normal circumstances never leads to jail time. To say this is being set up as a railroading of a human rights lawyer might be the understatement of the year. Critically, Judge Preska last week disqualified my lead lawyers Rick Friedman and Zoe Littlepage from the case on the eve of trial over a minor issue related to a conflict affecting one of the six counts against me. My other lawyers (all of whom are working pro bono) cannot travel safely to New York to be with me because of the pandemic; nor can many of my witnesses come to court to help me defend myself. If this trial goes forward as planned on Sept. 9, I likely will be alone in the courtroom with no way to defend myself in the absence of my lead lawyers. Judge Preska rejected our proposal to postpone the trial until at least December so all can safely attend and so my right to a fair trial under the Constitution can be protected. She also assigned a new lawyer to represent me who cannot possibly be prepared by Sept. 9 even if I wanted to work with him. (He represented me in this case before withdrawing without notice a few months ago). This appears to be part of a plan to obtain my conviction without due process of law. Judge Kaplan now controls the charging apparatus (he charged me after the U.S. Attorney rejected the case); the judge (he appointed Judge Preska, violating rules requiring random assignment of cases); he named the private prosecutor from a law firm that has financial ties to Chevron; and now, to close the loop, he is assigning me my own defense lawyer and denying my choice of counsel! This is not how it is supposed to happen in a rule of law country like the United States. Once the case ends, Judge Preska will have the option to put in jail immediately to start serving a six- month sentence on top of the 13 months I have been detained at home. She can make me serve this time during my appeal which won't be decided until well after any prison term has ended. I believe she is prepared to do this despite the fact the longest sentence ever imposed on a lawyer convicted of a contempt charge in New York is three months of home confinement. Judge Kaplan, a former tobacco industry lawyer, has been facilitating Chevron's attacks against me for years after I helped win the $9.5b pollution judgment against the company in 2011. He charged me with misdemeanor "criminal" contempt in 2018 when I challenged his unprecedented order that I turn over my computer and cell phone to Chevron -- an order that clearly violates the sacrosanct attorney-client privilege. My argument on the appeal of that order is scheduled for Sept. 15. This might explain the rush to trial on Sept. 9. Judge Kaplan no doubt wants me to be a "convicted criminal" when that case gets argued. Here is how you can help:
  • 2. 1) If you can, please donate to my legal defense fund at www.donzigerdefense.com. If I go to jail, my lawyers will have to fight to get me out. My family will have to survive. We need funds urgently. (For those who have already given, our deep thanks.) 2) If you cannot give, please go to our website at makechevroncleanup.com to join the campaign and send an email to Congress to investigate the many irregularities afflicting this case. 3) If the trial happens on Sept. 9, please come and bear witness at the federal courthouse in lower Manhattan if you can. Without a public presence, there will be little if any accountability. The address of the courthouse is 500 Pearl Street. I will give more details as we get closer to the date -- and it might be possible to watch some or all of the trial online. (DO NOT COME TO COURT UNTIL WE CONFIRM DATE.) On the "good news" front, we are getting some amazing press. Pulitzer-prize winning journalist Chris Hedges (formerly of the New York Times) posted this great article that includes a long interview with me; seven prominent lawyers have formed a trial monitoring committee to call out the many due process violations in my case; and my own team of lawyers have acted courageously in calling for a postponement of the trial due to the pandemic. Just today, more than 200 lawyers and 37 legal organizations filed an ethics complaint against Judge Kaplan that is breathtaking in its level of detail. One member of the case monitoring committee, Jeannie Mirer, is President of the International Association of Democratic Lawyers. She said: "The campaign of judicial and corporate harassment being waged against Steven Donziger is chilling in scope and intensity. We want all parties to know that from this point forward we will be watching." Please understand how unprecedented it is for the government to give a private corporation (via its law firm) the judicial power to prosecute a lawyer who beat it in court. I am the first lawyer in U.S. history detained prior to trial for a contempt charge. This is a direct assault on my rights as well as those of thousands of Indigenous peoples and local residents in the Amazon who are still being poisoned by oil pollution and have no funds to remediate their ancestral lands. (For background, see this article.) In closing, please know we are deeply appreciative of your support. If you have any questions, please reach out to me via this email or text me. The situation is fluid. I will keep you posted and let you know where things stand prior to Sept. 9. Hugs to everybody, Steven Donziger Here are some more background articles: Two retired federal judges publicly criticize Judges Kaplan and Preska for running an unfair judicial process against me; they also urge my immediate release:
  • 3. https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5ac2615b8f5130fda4340fcb/t/5f0dc3fd6a8632767c2de633/1 594737663061/2020-07-13-law360-gertner-bennett.pdf Statement of support from 29 Nobel laureates: https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5ac2615b8f5130fda4340fcb/t/5e9890f6d641a53d544792d6/ 1587056892216/2020-04-nobel-laureates-statement.pdf Letter from 475 lawyers and bar associations that concludes my detention is illegal: https://iadllaw.org/2020/05/over-475-lawyers-legal-organizations-and-human-rights-defenders- support-lawyer-steven-donziger/ Israeli environmentalists are trying to block Chevron from buying the country's gas assets until it pays the Ecuador judgment: https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5ac2615b8f5130fda4340fcb/t/5f1eff219fe42f649e0514f6/15 95866914406/2020-07-27-zalul-alistair-letter.pdf