Letters Blogatory

The Blog of International Judicial Assistance | By Ted Folkman of Folkman LLC

Lago Agrio: Donziger Guilty of Criminal Contempt

Posted on July 27, 2021

Steven Donziger

Steven Donziger was convicted of six counts of criminal contempt of court following a trial in May. Let’s take a step back and ask what the government had to prove. To prove a contempt, the government must prove that the court issued an order (and that it was reasonably clear and that the defendant had notice of it); that the defendant disobeyed it; and that the defendant acted knowingly and willfully. That’s it—that’s the whole case, despite what you may read on Twitter.

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Where Have You Been, Letters Blogatory?

Posted on July 15, 2021

Readers, I wanted to give you an update on the status of my website redesign, which has gotten bogged down. I had stopped posting here in preparation for the integration of the blog with the new Folkman LLC website (check it out!), because I was worried that if I kept posting here and stopped posting there, things would get out of sync, so to speak, because I expected the integration to happen in a matter of days. Well, here we are a month or more later!

Don’t worry, Letters Blogatory hasn’t gone anywhere. As soon as this is sorted out, I’ll resume my usual posting, including some guest posts that have been patiently waiting in the queue. In particular, I look forward to updating you on the somewhat surprising position the US government has taken in its amicus brief in the Servotronics case. I don’t expect to try to play catch-up with the cases in the last month that I ordinarily would have written about, just because I’ve found that playing catch-up is very hard to do. Thanks for your patience, and I’ll be back soon!