Post Office victims and Ecuador lawsuits (E382)
Post offices are the lifeblood of many communities up and down the land. Offering so much more than just posting letters and parcels, it is no wonder there are over 10,000 franchisees who choose to run post offices in their area. But due to an accounting software technical glitch, hundreds of postmasters were wrongfully charged with false accounting, leading them to have criminal records, with some even being sent to prison. After a decade-long battle, 39 convictions have now been overturned. So, to discuss one of the greatest miscarriages of justice ever in Britain we invited Communication Workers Union representative Mole Meade onto the show.
Almost 30 years ago, Ecuadorian residents of the Lago Agrio region started a class action lawsuit against oil giant Texaco, now Chevron. An Ecuadorian court ruled that $9.5 billion in damages should be paid by Chevron for the pollution and contamination of natural lands. But Chevron to date has never paid a cent. Instead, environmental activist and lawyer Steven Donziger has been under house arrest for over 600 days and faces US court contempt charges. We invited him onto the show to tell us about this high-profile court case against Chevron.