Steven Donziger, a human-rights lawyer, was recently sentenced in the US to six months for contempt of court for refusing to reveal confidential sources in a successful lawsuit in Ecuador from 2011. That lawsuit resulted in a $9.5 billion dollar judgment against Chevron for environmental damage and injuries suffered by native people in the Amazon.
Donziger had spent over two years under house arrest before the recent conviction. The Justice Department under President Trump had refused to prosecute Donziger. Instead a judge appointed Chevron’s lawyers as prosecutors and refused Donzinger’s request for a jury trial.
See video starting at 4:30 for background in the case.
Again and again we see powerful, corrupt corporate and government officials going free while whistle blowers, journalists, and their attorneys are facing prosecution and imprisonment.
Has the US passed Putin’s Russia in its level of fascist corruption?
You would think that American media would be all over a story about an activist judge imprisoning an environmentalist attorney for years at the demand of a huge oil company. The reality is the media have have ignored it almost completely.
Is this another example of corrupt corporate media censoring the news?
Are big corporations now free to prosecute Americans who oppose them without even it making the news?