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Trial of the Century Update!

On the vast placid frozen lake stretching unbroken beyond the horizon that is the Mann vs Steyn case there has been a small development. As our more elderly readers may recall, four years ago, before Barack Obama's re-election, climate mullah Michael E Mann sued me and various other parties for mocking his global warm-mongering in general and pooh-pooh-ing his "hockey stick" in particular.

That was in the year 2012. Notwithstanding that it's the most consequential free-speech case in half-a-century (as the ACLU, NBC, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune et al recognized in their amicus brief), in the DC courts it just sits there, with no discovery and no trial date. As today's Daily Caller headline has it:

Mark Steyn's Case Against Climategate Scientist Is Taking So Long A Key Witness Died

Technically it's the Climategate Scientist's case against me, but let's not get hung up on details (and I do have a counter-suit against the litigious Dr Mann). Michael Bastasch reports:

Lawyers representing conservative political commentator Mark Steyn have asked the D.C. Superior Court to expedite his case against climate scientist Michael Mann, mentioning a key witness died waiting for the trial to go to court.

"Something needed to be done to jumpstart this case, a case that threatens the most fundamental First Amendment freedoms," Dan Kornstein, Steyn's lawyer, said in a statement.

I'll return below to the actuarial aspects of DC's leisurely case-processing. But just to recap: I was born in Ontario. I live in New Hampshire. I have no connection whatsoever with the District of Columbia. As stated in our motion to the Court all those years ago:

He [Steyn] denies that this Court may exercise personal jurisdiction over his internet commentary, since that commentary was not purposefully directed at the District of Columbia. See, e.g., Calder v. Jones, 465 U.S. 783 (1984). Nor is Mr Steyn subject to general jurisdiction in the District of Columbia." He voluntarily submitted to the Court's jurisdiction "solely to expedite this litigation as a matter of administrative convenience".

More fool me. This sclerotic court system can't expedite nuttin'. The case has now been stalled for two years in an interlocutory appeal. If you don't know what an "interlocutory appeal" is, consider yourself lucky. If you do know, you'll be thrilled to learn that one of the questions at the heart of this interlocutory appeal is whether, under the relevant DC law, the interlocutory appeal is even interlocutorily appealable at all. Fascinating! Adding to the fun, as I noted in my recent testimony to the US Senate, one of the judges hearing the interlocutory appeal, Vanessa Ruiz, takes up to three years to issue an opinion.

In most court systems, that would get a judge removed. But not in the District of Columbia.

No free man should be expected to languish at a court's convenience as the decade rolls by, so my attorneys have now filed a renewed request to the trial judge, Frederick Weisberg, to get the hell on with it - or, in legalese, a "Renewed Request for Expedited Hearing and to Lift Stay of Discovery". In it we remind His Honor of his words way back when:

There has been too much procedural delay already in this case.

That was April 2014, since when there have been another two years and two months of procedural delay. The torpor of this dysfunctional courthouse is such that the witness list is beginning to die off:

Many of Steyn's expert witnesses are emeritus professors and comparatively advanced in years, being of an age and eminence that enables them to stand against the bullying and intimidation that prevails in climate science. Therefore, the passage of time is not an unimportant thing. Indeed, one of Steyn's proposed witnesses has, in fact, died while this interlocutory appeal has been with the appellate court.

I don't entirely rule out that, at the present rate of progress, I myself will die before this lethargic bench brings the thing to trial. Which would be a pity - because then, as the heirs of Andrew Breitbart and Chris Kyle can tell you, a vengeful plaintiff is free to pursue your children for recompense, even though there is no longer a defendant to defend himself. So the sloth of jurists like Vanessa Ruiz has real-world consequences. And, even more pathetically, Judge Ruiz's sloth is on the matter of a law that's supposed to speed things up:

It is particularly absurd that an interlocutory ruling on a piece of legislation intended to expedite cases has now taken over two years and counting.

As my counsel, Dan Kornstein, says in our press release:

The passage of time since the appeal was argued in this case a year and a half ago while a stay of proceedings was in effect at the trial level has stalled a case whose very existence chills freedom of speech. To correct this situation and get the case moving, Mark Steyn filed this request to ask the trial court to lift the stay of proceedings even while the appeal is pending. We hope the trial judge grants the request.

I do, too. And I hope that Mann, who purports to want his day in court, will support me in attempting to hasten it. Down under, the great Jo Nova is doubtful:

What they cannot afford though is discovery.

So they can't afford to sue a guy like Mark Steyn.

This is about free speech and accountability of publicly funded scientists.

When it takes three years to get an interlocutory opinion, the issue is the court's credibility. My legal chums at Popehat and the Volokh Conspiracy seem to think that, when I gripe about the dysfunctional DC courts, I'm somehow showing disrespect for the justice system. Au contraire, it's because of my profound respect for justice that I would like this bizarre perversion thereof to return itself to the community of functioning Common Law jurisdictions. (While we're at it, this judge in the Trump University case seems all too typical.)

Well, we'll see. Meanwhile, how to kill all the passing time? From The Daily Caller:

Steyn had time to write a new book, "A Disgrace to the Profession," that compiles statements from scientists on how Mann's "hockey stick" graph damaged climate science.

It did indeed. As Andrew Lawton comments:

It is difficult to justify a delay that has gone on long enough for the defendant to publish a book about the plaintiff; but that very book underscores why any free speech lovers should be grateful that it's Mark Steyn in this fight rather than merely an entity prone to rolling over.

If you want to bring yourself up to speed on what's wrong with Mann's cartoon climatology, my book is a great place to start, as hundreds and hundreds of five-star Amazon reviewers agree.

As for the significance of the case, here's what I said to Ben Weingarten of The New Criterion:

And on the broader picture of free speech in climate science here's my opening statement to the US Senate:

I thank all those readers around the world who've kept me in the game this far, via our SteynOnline gift certificates and nifty range of highly fashionable trialwear. It will, alas, be retro-trialwear by the time the trial actually starts.

from Michael E Mann vs Free Speech, June 1, 2016

 

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Previously on Mann vs Steyn et al, National Review had filed a motion asking for yet another stay in discovery pending the appeals court's ruling on their appeal - or, indeed, the appeals court's ruling on whether they're allowed to appeal. Whatever. I'm bored by all this procedural flimflam and am anxious to proceed with discovery and go to trial, as I could have done by now in almost any functioning jurisdiction. So I filed an objection. Michael Mann eventually filed an objection, too. He also wants to proceed with discovery but only against me, not against him. A voyage of one-way discovery.

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One-Way Discovery Channel

Climate mullah Michael Mann's credo is "Discovery for me but not for thee"

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A Republic of Dullards

A society without free speech is a society in decline

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The Silencing of Science

First, the big picture stuff. In the United Kingdom, Spiked has launched a campaign for Free Speech Now!:

'Every man should think what he likes and say what he thinks.'

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Union of Settled Scientists Threatens to Strike

An historic first: Steyn quotes Michelle Obama in a court filing

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Climbing Off the Hockey Stick

The IPCC begins to discern that Mann-made climate alarmism is for losers

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Behead Those Who Insult the Prophet Mannhammed!

Death to the infidel, cry the mullahs of Climatestan

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Should I Sue Bob Ward For Libel?

Nobel Laureate Professor Sir Bob Ward lays down the terms of debate

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The Steyn Route to Insanity

The upcoming Mann vs Steyn trial of the century takes to the airwaves

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What Kind of Fool Am I?

Ever since I ended my joint representation with National Review and fired my lawyers on Boxing Day, the endlessly reprised refrain has been that "Mark Steyn has a fool for a client". So I am pleased to be able to announce today that several other fellows also have a fool for a client...

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Doctor Doom

The supermodels on the climate catwalk reschedule the end of the world for 2036

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Oh, Won't You Stay-ay-ay Just a Little Bit Longer?

More commentary on the upcoming trial of the century: Barry Bickmore, having fallen silent for some weeks, now returns with a somewhat earnest fantasy of me as a stripper "writhing around on the table..."

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The Counterclaim of Monte Cristo

Left and right, academics and attorneys, all agree that Steyn has flown the shark and jumped the coop...

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Defaming for Beginners

Bedfellows well met - and a layman's guide to libel

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Steyn and Levant Together!

To start a new week at SteynOnline, here's a rollicking one-hour special broadcast this weekend by Canada's Sun News Network. Mark joins Ezra Levant to talk various free-speech issues, from North America to Europe to Australia...

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A Change of Climate

"Climate Change Not A Top Worry In US," reports Gallup, deadpan. Washington's Potemkin parliament can hold as many pajama parties as it wants, but Big Climate absolutism is going nowhere...

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A Barristerial Self-Ambush

Steyn vs the Sock Puppets leads to Levant vs the Lone Sock

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An Inspiring Day

I watched Ezra Levant's defamation trial in Toronto with an eye to my own defamation trial in Washington...

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A Guacalypse Now!

I was distracted from my upcoming trial of the century by my comrade Ezra Levant's trial of the century...

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Chief Spokesman of the League of Anti-Semites Stunned to Discover Organization is Anti-Semitic

I'm not "Islamophobic" and "racist", only my writing

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The Lie That Won't Die

The Ayatollah Khomeini's settled science

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Every Quote Ever Uttered By Anyone Exonerates Michael E Mann

Are Dr Mann's nipples protected by copyright?

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Michael E Mann "Sloppy and Unethical"

The most damning views of Dr Mann are from those who believe in global warming

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Mann About the House

What Michael Mann's colleagues really think about him...

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The Invisible Mann

Michael Mann falsely claims to have been exonerated by the British Government

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The Compliance of Science

The cost of challenging Mann's hockey stick ...and of defending it

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Rigor Mortis

The non-exoneration of Michael Mann

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The Corruption of the Republic

A corrupt bureaucracy, politicized prosecutors and a sclerotic judiciary team up to torment Obama's enemies

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The Mann I Love

I've been tied up with court matters this week, so I've only just seen the photograph at right...

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All the News That Fits the Government Guidelines

Not to put too fine a point on it, but the Government of the United States is increasingly corrupt...

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The Unexonorated Mann

Michael Mann's characterizations of the "investigations" into him are as fake as his Nobel Prize

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Yes, We Can (Say That)

Because the alternative is to punch your lights out

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If A Tree-Ring Temperature Falls in the Forest

Proxies vs reality

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The Martyrdom of Mark Steyn

James Delingpole analyzes Steyn's legal fight in The Spectator. At first, he envied Mark for getting sued by Michael Mann. Now, not so much...

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Climate Projection

Oxford physicist and Guardian science writer David Robert Grimes comes up with a scientific explanation as to why people who disagree with him disagree with him...

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Steyn Talks to ThinkProgress

The leftie wallahs at ThinkProgress have a piece on the Mann vs Steyn trial of the century, and by comparison with the excitable Pajama Boys of last week (latest to Xerox the party line: Philadelphia Magazine) it's a pretty fair statement of where we're at...

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Desperately Seeking Closure

The herd of independent minds stampede in unison...

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The Hinderaker-Ward Experience: Steyn vs the Stick

Mark joins John and Brian for an extended discussion

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"I Stand By Everything I Wrote"

The Javert to Steyn's Jean Valjean

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SLAPPstick Farce

SLAPP stands for "strategic lawsuit against public participation..."

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Attack of the Nuclear Chihuahua

The politics and the science: who's right, who's wrong

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Trial, and Error

On Tuesday morning, January 21st, I filed a motion with respect to Dr Michael Mann's defamation suit...

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Serial Suer, Serial Smearer

Judith Curry on Mann vs Steyn, Mann vs Bill Gates, Mann vs Patrick Moore, Mann vs everyone

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