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Chevron Ecuador case has new judge; Nicolas Zambrano

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Ecuador's lawsuit (which it can now be called officially since Ecuador would get any award money Chevron would have to pay) has a new judge after Judge Juan Nunez officially stepped down in the wake of the alleged video bribery scandal. He is Judge Nicolas Zambrano.

The plaintiff's attorney, Pablo Fajardo, said this according to Ecuadorreport Blog:
Pablo Fajardo, who leads the team of Lago Agrio plaintiffs that sued Chevron for damages, said that the fact that the recusal was accepted could be seen as a victory for Chevron, although he added that this will only be temporary.

Yeah, especially since Judge Nunez was part of a political effort led by President Correa to get money from Chevron, apparently for the cronies in Correa's political party, at least from my view. Now the automatic "yes" to the idea that Chevron would be found guilty of something that was really done by Ecuador's state run oil company and a large number of oil firms since Chevron left Ecuador in 1992, is gone.

Maybe.

Meanwhile, and in further proof of the sham idea that the lawsuit's brought by Ω's "indigenous" people rather than American trail lawyers, we have the news that real indigenous people are protesting against Correa's proposed water policy which they believe would result in water being controlled by energy companies.

Now go figure: Ecuador's top prosecutor admits on the record that the country will get any money from a possible Chevron lawsuit loss, not the "indigenous people". Then we have new violence between those groups and the government. Correa failed to give them any say in the use of the land by the oil companies active there.

Guess why? Well, one of those companies is state-run oil producer Petroecuador, which would find itself under the control - to a degree - of the residents impacted by there operations.

How long before they realize that the lawsuit's not going to help them either, especially when they get wind of the news that 90 percent of the money's going to the same Ecuador government they're protesting against.

Wild.

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