From the Cheap Seats: Will Climate Change Fraudster’s Lawsuit Backfire?

October 29, 2012

CROSS CHECK?  Mann, who has come under fire for manipulating data to support his controversial global warming theories, is now suing critics.

Perhaps the oldest of legal maxims is that one should enter a court of law with clean hands.  Too bad Michael Mann, wizard of the crooked hockey stick, has ignored that tidbit of the best legal advice ever given.  Or not.

Mann filed suit on Tuesday against National Review, Mark Steyn, the Competitive Enterprise Institute and a blogger, Rand, alleging that he was libeled by the defendants who had the audacity to point out Mann had a bad habit of torturing data to reach a predetermined conclusion.

Mann, who’s on the public payroll at Penn State University, has battled every effort to shine sunlight on his techniques, such as “Mike’s Nature Trick” to manipulate data to put current trends into context with changes over longer periods of time.

What’s Mann seems not to grasp is that even though he filed suit, he’ll be subject to questioning by the attorneys for the people and organizations he is suing.

There’s no out for him to dodge those questions, the very ones he has tried to dodge for years now. Moreover, that information, called discovery, is public.

The targets in his suit, of course, have reason to want to make public the very information that Mann has battled to keep secret.

It’s entirely possible that there have been bigger blunders. Invading Russia in the winter leaps to mind, ask Napoleon.  Signing with the San Diego Chargers just before the Denver Broncos sign Peyton Manning also is in that class. Just ask Eddie Royal.

Here’s the Cheap Seats guess about what transpires next: Mann smirks as the defendants are questioned, then decides to wriggle out of the case when it dawns on him that he’ll have to answer some uncomfortable questions, such as how he arrived at the hockeystick embarrassment, er, graph.

Question is, can he find a judge who will let him out of the suit he filed or will he have to finish what he started?

Or will he find himself cross-checked?

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5 Responses to From the Cheap Seats: Will Climate Change Fraudster’s Lawsuit Backfire?

  1. Mick Langan
    October 29, 2012 at 11:18 am

    Considering that Mann perjured himself in the second paragraph of the complaint, it’s quite likely the suit will be terminated with prejudice.

  2. Nicholas Dickey
    October 29, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    Eh, Napoleon actually invaded Russia in June… Which only amplifies your point – everybody invades Russia in June not thinking it through all the way to the winter.

  3. Paul Adomshick
    October 29, 2012 at 6:49 pm

    The schadenfreude factor will be off the charts when the court adds “Unsuccessful Plaintiff in a Defamation Lawsuit” to Michael Mann’s resume.

  4. Richard de Lacy
    October 29, 2012 at 7:31 pm

    Great stuff, but I must correct one glaring factual error, namely “Invading Russia in the winter leaps to mind, ask Napoleon.”
    - Napoleon’s invasion of Russia began in early summer, on 24 June 1812, and the Battle of Borodino and Napoleon’s subsequent entry into and retreat from Moscow took place in an unseasonably warm September.
    The last French soldiers finally fled Russian territory a mere two weeks into winter

    • Richard de Lacy
      October 29, 2012 at 7:35 pm

      And to correct myself, that should of course read ‘an unseasonably warm autumn” rather than September, as the French entered Moscow in September but fled in in October.


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