As my readers may know, conservative political commentator Mark Steyn is in some legal trouble, having gotten himself sued by climate scientist Mike Mann. While we should be careful to judge these things before they are done, it is fair to say that things are not going well for Mr. Steyn. His legal arguments have been shot down at every turn; one team of lawyers have already abandoned him suspecting, perhaps, madness.
Certainly, Mark's latest activity on this file has the stench of lunacy about it. He has hired a private investigator to follow Mike Mann around and collect "evidence" of something or other:
I'm happy to announce we're now taking it to another level. As you know, legal maneuvering and the usual procedural folderol of the sclerotic US "justice" system has delayed my efforts to get Mann deposed, discovered, and for the first time in his life up on the witness stand, testifying about the "hockey stick" under oath. So it seems to me this is an excellent time to get on with the broader campaign against the climate mullahs. Aside from the best free-speech legal team in the land, we've now taken on someone to direct this side of the investigation against Mann. He's already working full-time on the case - he was in Washington yesterday for the Congressional hearings on the IPCC, and meeting with climate scientists and others. He'll also be heading to Penn State and other places hither and yon. I've been very grateful for your suggestions since I struck out on my own five months ago, and if you've any more I hope you'll continue to send them our team...
I don't know what Mark expects to find: Dr. Mann handing off attache cases to Russia assasins, or maybe lunching with an agent from Hydra. But it is particularly noteworthy that he's making public the fact that he has hired someone to tail the good doc. It smacks of an attempt to intimidate. When his case finally does get to trial, I imagine this will be useful in proving malice.