Lawyer Steven Donziger found guilty of withholding evidence in Chevron caseLawyer now faces six months in jail following a decades-long battle against the oil company Steven Donziger, a lawyer who won a multi-billion dollar judgment against Chevron on behalf of Ecuadorian villagers, has been found guilty of six contempt charges. Photograph: Brendan McDermid/Reuters
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NEW YORK (Reuters) -A disbarred American lawyer who spent more than two decades trying to prove Chevron Corp polluted Ecuador's rainforest was found guilty on Monday by a U.S. judge of six counts of criminal contempt. U.S. District Judge Loretta Preska in Manhattan ruled that attorney Steven Donziger "repeatedly and willfully" defied court orders, including by failing to turn over his computer, phones and other electronic devices. Chevron did not respond immediately to requests for comment.