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General Category => Politics => Topic started by: PeteS in CA on June 08, 2021, 01:21:51 PM
Dems Ask DOJ To Help Lawyer Found To Have Falsified Science, Bribed Judge To Shake Down Oil Company
Congressional Democrats are asking Attorney General Merrick Garland to intervene in a criminal case against a lawyer found to have falsified scientific evidence and bribed a foreign judge to shake down an oil company, with one member of “The Squad” heralding him as an inspiration for “others to fight back against corporate power.”
Evidence indicates that Steven Donziger and his team ran an elaborate legal fraud that included secretly paying a Latin American court’s independent expert to twist science about pollution and ultimately bribing a judge to issue a multi-billion dollar judgment in their favor.
In 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit unanimously upheld the U.S. ruling, saying the “record in the present case reveals a parade of corrupt actions” including “coercion, fraud and bribery” and that Donziger could not be allowed to profit off of fraud.
In 2018, an international tribunal at The Hague held that the judgment “was procured through fraud, bribery and corruption.”
In 2020, a panel of New York judges unanimously ordered Donziger disbarred for “egregious professional misconduct” including “obstruction of justice, witness tampering, and judicial coercion.”
Now facing criminal charges for contempt of court related to his refusal to turn over evidence, Donziger’s strategy appears to be a plea for rank partisan loyalty.
The roots of this go back over a decade to a conspiracy to use Ecuadorian and international courts for a multi-billion-dollar fraudulent shakedown of Chevron. It blew up in the fraudsters' faces, and now the would-be shake-down fraudsters want Biden to obstruct justice (my opinion, of course).