Green groups push Biden to pardon enviro lawyer

By Robin Bravender | 06/06/2024 01:28 PM EDT

Environmentalists are urging the White House to “send a clear message” by pardoning Chevron foe Steven Donziger.

Attorney Steven Donziger arrives for a court appearance

Attorney Steven Donziger arrives for a court appearance at Daniel Patrick Moynihan U.S. Courthouse in Manhattan on May 10, 2021, in New York City. Michael M. Santiago/AFP via Getty Images

Environmental advocates are prodding President Joe Biden to pardon an attorney known for his long-running legal battle against Chevron.

Green groups including Amazon Watch, Greenpeace, the Sunrise Movement and others sent a letter to Biden earlier this week asking him to pardon human rights lawyer Steven Donziger, who has been in a yearslong legal drama.

The saga dates back to Donziger’s representation of Ecuador residents in litigation against Chevron for personal and environmental injuries they said the oil company had caused. Donziger was part of a legal team that secured a $9.5 billion judgment against Chevron in an Ecuadorian court in a case accusing the oil company of personal and environmental injuries.


Chevron later argued in a New York court that Donziger had bribed and rigged the Ecuadorian case in his favor. Donziger was found guilty of criminal contempt of court for defying court orders, including by refusing to turn over documents and devices pertaining to the case.