Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Suck On It Mark Steyn

Climate scientist Michael Mann has finally filed his lawsuit:

Today, the case of Dr. Michael E. Mann vs. The National Review and The Competitive Enterprise Institute was filed in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. Dr. Mann, a Professor and Director of the Earth System Science Center at Pennsylvania State University, has instituted this lawsuit against the two organizations, along with two of their authors, based upon their false and defamatory statements accusing him of academic fraud and comparing him to a convicted child molester, Jerry Sandusky. Dr. Mann is being represented by John B. Williams of the law firm of Cozen O'Connor in Washington, D.C. 

Mark Steyn's piece was the one in The National Review.  His defense, as far as I can parse it, is that when he accused Mr. Mann of committing fraud, he was not accusing him of committing fraud.  As I wrote at the time:

Frankly, I know of nowhere that a reader, be they careful or careless, could interpret the term "fraudulent" when applied to a scientist's work as implying anything less than that they were guilty of scientific misconduct (the kind of thing they discuss here) or straight out fraud.  I am unaware of any place the term has been used  merely to state that the scientist's work is incorrect.  This is quite a bit different than the situation with "blackmail", where there is an established colloquial sense that is weaker than the more precise legal sense (the colloquial sense does not entail criminality where the more legal sense does). 

I will try and find out if there is a method of donating to Mr. Mann's cause.  As most good Canadians, I would love to see Mr. Steyn tarred and feathered, but a successful lawsuit is likely to be the best result attainable.


Bill Wagstick said...

If you contribute to Mann's law suite fund you become 'joint and severally' liable for costs and damages if he loses his case.

John Cross said...

Bill: are you sure about that. I am not a lawyer but that is not my understanding.


bigcitylib said...

I am inclined to think its bullshit.

Fred said...

Right. Because conspiring to "Hide the Decline" was such an honest thing to do.

To say nothing of the games played with the Tiljander upside down data.

Discovery is going to be fabulous. Mikey better buy some ass ointment to lessen the pain he is going to get from being repeatedly bent over over and reamed out with his hockey stick.

Let the games begin.

Peter said...

This may be the kind of case where each side has such contempt and disdain for the other that both are blind to their own vulnerabilities.

Frank said...

Mann starts out his Complaint by claiming to be "a Nobel Prize recipient"(para 5). Umm..no. He was a contributor, along with hundreds, to the IPCC reports. Al Gore and the IPCC got the award. Not Mann. But no surprise, Mann is well practiced at exaggeration,manipulation...Let's roll.

TMLutas said...

Falsus in Uno, Falsus in Omnibus is a legal doctrine that Dr. Mann really needs to watch out for. The Nobel committee has clearly stated that members of organizations that have received the prize are not prize recipients. It's a poor start for Dr. Mann.

rumleyfips said...

It's amazing that Mann is going forward after his humiliating defeats by Coockinelli and ATI. Even thinking with

Fred. Did you notice the Wash Po refers to Mann as a nobel winner. That's because everyone knows he is.