Professor Michael Mann — the litigious climatologist who invented the discredited “Hockey Stick” chart and was implicated heavily in the Climategate scandal — has lost a long-running lawsuit against Canadian climate sceptic Dr Tim Ball.
Mann, director of the Earth System Science Center at Pennsylvania State University, had taken exception to a joke made by Ball in a 2011 interview, that he “should be in the State Pen, not Penn State.”
He sued Ball for defamation in the British Columbia courts. The case has dragged on for eight years and, together with a separate legal action launched by Professor Andrew Weaver, leader of the British Columbia Green Party, exhausted Ball’s savings and made his retirement years a misery.
Finally, the British Columbia Supreme Court has found in Ball’s favour. As a bonus, Mann will now have to pay Ball’s court costs.
Climatologist Dr Tim Ball has won a landmark victory in a long–running legal battle against the green blob. John O’Sullivan reports:
After 3–week trial Canadian judge dismisses all charges in the lawsuit brought against Dr. Tim Ball by British Columbia Green Party leader Andrew Weaver. Climate skeptics are hailing the verdict as a key victory over extremists promoting human–caused global warming. Not a peep from the mainstream media!
“The judge ruled that Weaver was not defamed by me and dismissed the claim completely.This was after almost seven years and thousands of dollars in legal costs.” But Ball lamented, “There are no media reports and my guess is there won’t be any.”
This marks the beginning of the end of years of misery suffered by Ball, formerly professor at the Department of Geography at the University of Winnipeg in Canada and one of the world’s most prominent and outspoken climate skeptics.
Ball is now aged 79 and should be enjoying a happy retirement. But as he explained recently on the Delingpole podcast for Breitbart, his savings have been exhausted and his peace of mind (never mind that of his poor wife) has been ruined by a serious of vexatious lawsuits – arguably brought about with a view mainly to impoverish, discredit and break him – brought about by the richly funded environmental lobby.