Mariah Cain, Staff Writer
Climate scientist Michael Mann was awarded $1 million by a jury Thursday in his case against two conservative writers for defamation. In online posts published over a decade ago, Rand Simberg and Mark Steyn compared Mann’s research about global warming to a convicted child molester.
The jury ordered Simberg to pay $1000 and Steyn to pay $1 million in punitive damages. “I hope this verdict sends a message that falsely attacking climate scientists is not protected speech,” said Mann in a statement.