In 2011, an Ecuadorian court ordered Chevron to pay $9.5 billion for the poisoning of indigenous lands. The courts found that Chevron’s Texaco operation had illegally dumped 16 billion gallons of deadly oil waste.
The smoking gun? This confidential document, in which the Chairman of Chevron Oil’s Texaco division personally orders that incriminating evidence of oil sludge dumping in Ecuador be “removed…and destroyed.”
That’s a felony crime in the U.S. But the Chevron oil boss isn’t going to jail. Instead, the guy who caught him, human rights attorney Steven Donziger, has been sentenced to 6 months in prison and forced to pay Chevron a sum that bankrupted him.
Chevron v. Donziger is taught at Harvard Law as a case study in judicial misconduct. Stand with Steven at FreeDonziger.com.
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Steven Donziger sentenced to six months in prison
Greg Palast (Rolling Stone, Guardian, BBC) is the author of The New York Times bestsellers, Billionaires & Ballot Bandits and the book and documentary,
The Best Democracy Money Can Buy.
His latest film is Vigilante: Georgia's Vote Suppression Hitman
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