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OP: Shall i invite him to a session of our seminar?
Blackeye: I'd enjoy hearing from Garbus in seminar. I had a mixed reaction to the excerpt of his memoir. On the one hand, he made a few interesting points that I hadn't encountered in previous materials. For one, the George Orwell quote really captured why I continue to side with Donziger, even after the (in my opinion, strong) arguments made by Judge Preska in sentencing. I also found Garbus's spin on the $560 million contingency fee interesting. That amount has always left me feeling uncomfortable about hailing Donziger as a selfless plaintiffs' attorney. But I agree that this kind of money encourages more lawyers to take these kinds of cases, which is overall a good thing. On the other hand, it's frustrating that Garbus seems to treat Donziger as nothing more than a martyr. ". . . [Y]ou'll understand why I got involved with Steven Donziger, even though his case was an absolute loser." Page 2. "What was in this lost cause for me?" Page 14. I get the draw of using this case to send a message to the public, to corporate giants, etc. But the foremost issue should to be to protect Donziger's liberties, not parade ideals. On my read, the idea of protecting the person and winning the case was too easily dismissed.
Abydos: I would welcome the opportunity to speak with him during a seminar session. He's had an impressive career with a diversity of experiences. As for his memoir chapter, there were some interesting new wrinkles regarding Guerra (e.g., Donziger was not in Ecuador when Guerra claimed they finalized the bribery deal, his inability to ID Donziger in the courtroom). More holistically, the main takeaway was confirmation of my belief that the criminal contempt and sentencing outcomes were all but preordained from the moment that J. Kaplan hand-picked J. Preska. From reading the newspaper on the bench, to her abject refusal to consider any extrinsic factors, to her unflinching recitation of a prepared transcript during the sentencing hearing, it is apparent that Donziger was always destined for six months in jail. While I note, and to some extent agree with, Jupiter's well-articulated points that Garbus could have focused more on Donziger's liberties and genuinely believed in winning the case, perhaps this excerpt reflects his ex-post observations that no amount of legal genius and firepower could have affected the result.