You won’t be reading about it in the Times or the Post, but Michael Mann has blown his attempt to silence critics with lawsuits for defamation by refusing to release his data to the Canadian Court.
Michael Mann, who chose to file what many consider to be a cynical SLAPP (Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation) libel suit in the British Columbia Supreme Court, Vancouver six long years ago, has astonished legal experts by refusing to comply with the court direction to hand over all his disputed graphâ€™s data. Mannâ€™s iconic hockey stick has been relied upon by the UNâ€™s IPCC and western governments as crucial evidence for the science of â€˜man-made global warming.â€™
As first reported in Principia Scientific International (February 1, 2017), the defendant in the case, Canadian climatologist Dr. Tim Ball, had won â€œconcessionsâ€ against Mann, but at the time the details were kept confidential, pending Mannâ€™s response.
The negative and unresponsive actions of Dr Mann and his lawyer, Roger McConchie, are expected to infuriate the judge and be the signal for the collapse of Mannâ€™s multi-million dollar libel suit against Dr Ball. It will be music to the ears of so-called â€˜climate deniersâ€™ like President Donald Trump and his EPA Chief, Scott Pruitt.
As Dr Ball explains:
â€œMichael Mann moved for an adjournment of the trial scheduled for February 20, 2017. We had little choice because Canadian courts always grant adjournments before a trial in their belief that an out of court settlement is preferable. We agreed to an adjournment with conditions. The major one was that he [Mann] produce all documents including computer codes by February 20th, 2017. He failed to meet the deadline.â€
Mannâ€™s now proven contempt of court means Ball is entitled to have the court serve upon Mann the fullest punishment. Contempt sanctions could reasonably include the judge ruling that Dr. Ballâ€™s statement that Mann â€œbelongs in the state pen, not Penn. Stateâ€™ is a precise and true statement of fact. This is because under Canadaâ€™s unique â€˜Truth Defenseâ€™, Mann is now proven to have wilfully hidden his data, so the court may rule he hid it because it is fake. As such, the court must then dismiss Mannâ€™s entire libel suit with costs awarded to Ball and his team.
The spectacular rise and fall of climate alarmismâ€™s former golden boy is a courtroom battle with even more ramifications than the infamous Scopes Monkey Trial of 1925. To much fanfare at the time, Mann had sued Ball for daring to publish the damning comment that Mann â€œbelongs in the state pen, not Penn. State.â€
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