Famed Climate Scientist Wins Million-dollar Verdict Against Opponents
The verdict comes amid more attacks on scientists working on climate change
Michael Mann, a prominent climate scientist, won his long-standing legal battle against two right-wing bloggers who claimed that he manipulated data in his research and compared him to convicted child molester Jerry Sandusky, a major victory for the outspoken researcher.
On Thursday, a jury in a civil trial in Washington found that the two writers, Rand Simberg and Mark Steyn, defamed and injured the researcher in a pair of blog posts published in 2012, and awarded him more than $1 million.
"I hope this verdict sends a message that falsely attacking climate scientists is not protected speech," Mann said in a statement.
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