In a legal first, a federal appeals court ruled on Thursday that a climate science researcher can proceed with defamation claims against writers who made false allegations about his scientific work.
The ruling by the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, found that a "reasonable jury" could find that two writers defamed Michael Mann — known for the famous "hockey stick" graph showing that modern climate change is unprecedented in human history — by making false claims about his work, and comparing him to a notorious child molester.
The court found that two writers for the National Review and the Competitive Enterprise Institute, a conservative think tank, may have defamed Mann by comparing him to Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky, who was convicted of molesting dozens of children in 2012.
Mann has been the subject of extraordinary criticism since his research was used as part of the foundation of a 2001 climate science report that found that human-caused emissions of greenhouse gases are the most likely cause of global warming.
Well if Melania Trump can sue the Guardian for suggesting that she might have worked as an escort, a claim that may or may not be true, then it seems fair that this guy can sue these assholes for claiming that he diddles little boys.
I actually read some of those posts about Mann and they were incredibly disgusting, and since they had trouble attacking the science, which they did not understand, they instead attacked his character in the most underhanded and defamatory manner possible.
It kind of reminded me of how Sarah Palin goes after those that piss her off.