Thursday, July 2, 2020

Supreme Court Lets Lawsuit Against Conservatives Proceed

The conservative-leaning Supreme Court is allowing a prominent climate scientist to sue a conservative magazine and a think tank for defamation after they compared him to a convicted child molester.

Per Yahoo! Finance
 

The justices declined to hear appeals filed by National Review magazine and the Competitive Enterprise Institute seeking to overturn a lower court’s ruling that allowed the lawsuit filed by scientist Michael Mann to go forward.

One justice, conservative Samuel Alito, dissented, writing that the case raised questions “that go to the very heart of the constitutional guarantee of freedom of speech and freedom of the press.”

Mann, a Penn State professor known for his research on climate change, filed suit in a local court in the District of Columbia in 2012 after online posts by the magazine and think tank that compared him to convicted child molester Jerry Sandusky, a former assistant football coach at the same university in State College, Pennsylvania.

The lawsuit seeks unspecified monetary damages.

Mann is well-known in certain circles for clashing with right-wing groups and individuals who question his work. He is best known for the so-called “hockey stick” graph that appeared to show a dramatic increase in global temperatures over the last century.

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