Lago Agrio: Donziger Disbarred

Steven Donziger’s career as a lawyer has come to an end. A New York court yesterday disbarred him. This result will not surprise longtime Letters Blogatory readers. Although the referee who conducted the hearing was clearly sympathetic to Donziger, the law was clear: the facts that Judge Kaplan found had preclusive effect and could not be relitigated. And on those facts (or facts′), which included bribery of a judge and falsification of an expert report, disbarment was clearly the right sanction. Here is the key line from the per curiam decision: “Respondent has been found guilty of egregious professional misconduct, namely, corruption of a court expert and ghostwriting his report, obstruction of justice, witness tampering, and judicial coercion and bribery which he steadfastly refuses to acknowledge and shows no remorse for.” (more…)

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