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Mike Mann’s Thank You Letter to Supporters

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Some very good news regarding Mike Mann’s legal case:

Mike Mann spoke with John Abraham yesterday and stated:

“ATI could not convince the court that he (Mike Mann) did not have legal standing. The court has allowed him legal standing so he can be a party in the settlement.

Second, the court allowed that there was reason for UVA to reopen the protective order before the court. The original protective order would have allowed ATI to review the emails themselves. That court order is now invalid. ATI will not see the exempt emails.

The only matter to be resolved is the process by which ATI can challenge the exempt emails. Now, a neutral party will be able to see the emails, not ATI. The neutral party must be agreed upon by all parties in the good.

The broader message is that this is a major victory and a huge setback for ATI. ATI might appeal this to the Supreme Court…

Mike could not have achieved this victory without the generous support of those that have contributed to his legal defense.  Mike sent me the letter below thanking his supporters.

Dr. Michael E. Mann’s letter to supporters

There is still a long road ahead so please keep the contributions comingClick the Climate Science Legal Defense Fund Logo on the upper-right of this blog to contribute.

The Climate Science Legal Defense Fund is nearing the point where tax-deductible funds will be accepted through a unique web site (hopefully before the end of the year).  In the short-term there is an immediate need to help Mike with his case so please continue to use the Pay Pal button posted here or personal checks sent via postal mail.

For more background on this case please read SPECIAL INVESTIGATION: Who’s behind the ‘information attacks’ on climate scientists?

My previous posts regarding this case:

Climate Science Legal Defense Fund – Spread the Word & Logo (09/19/11)

Climate Scientists Defense Fund – Please Help (09/09/11)

Ask U.VA to Protect Its Scientists from the Political Witch Hunt (08/12/11)

Others reporting on this case:

Climate Scientist Wins A Round for America (Huffington Post)

Climate scientist wins his day in court (

Score Another Victory for Scientists, Michael Mann, and the Freedom of Inquiry (

Climate change scientist Michael Mann fends off sceptic group’s raid on emails (The Guardian)

An Important Victory for Climate Science (Greg Laden’s Blog)

Favorable Virginia court procedural ruling in Michael Mann v. global warming denialist email raid (Climate Science Watch)

Mike Mann Wins one for the Planet (Climate Denial Crock of the Week)

Judge Approves Request to Protect Scientists’ Private Emails from Disclosure to Special Interest Group (Union of Conerned Scientists)

ATI & UVa: Reopening the review of exempted material (Climate Science FOI report)


Written by Scott Mandia

November 2, 2011 at 6:04 am

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  1. Well done.

    Hunt Janin

    November 2, 2011 at 6:06 am

  2. […] Mike Mann’s Thank You Letter to Supporters (Scott Mandia, Climate Science Legal Defense fund blog) […]

  3. […] Mike Mann’s Thank You Letter to Supporters […]

  4. why do scientists need a defence fund? why not just publish all the data openly, then sceptics will have no excuse


    December 16, 2011 at 5:06 pm

    • Okaaaay. Can you name any data set or any particular data that you can’t find?

      AFAIK data and code are usually released around the time of publishing research papers.

      For government rather than academe, there have been issues about license agreements that prohibit distributing data that the suppliers expect payment for. But as of a few months ago, pretty well all of that’s available too.

      So. What data (or code) are you looking for?


      December 17, 2011 at 10:25 am

  5. […] News Flash (11/02/11): A huge victory for climate science and academic freedom thanks to your continued support. […]

  6. Same reason McCarthy’s victims needed defense. The persecution campaign mounted by political enemies has gone far beyond the normal bounds of decency, and Virginia AG Cuccinelli wouldn’t take no for an answer. There are many others, some funded by wealthy fossil fuel interests and their allies in political life, who have gone on extensive debunking campaigns and fishing expeditions to find material to take out of context for public “exposure” violating basic privacies, freedom of speech, and scientific integrity . For example, there have been 9 investigations into “climategate” and the fake skeptics, who are anything but skeptic, won’t ask themselves if they could possibly be wrong. Unfortunately, the outcome, like the biblical rain that falls on the just and the unjust alike, will affect you all. The climate is changing, pollution is on the increase, dangers like the BP spill abound, water is in danger, and a variety of other consequences threaten life as we know it and the entitlements we all take for granted.

    Susan Anderson

    December 22, 2011 at 5:28 pm

  7. […] Mike Mann’s Thank You Letter to Supporters […]

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