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The fire at Victoria, Australia’s Hazelwood coal mine started started February 9, and it hasn’t stopped yet. Now, three weeks later, the state is telling children, the elderly, and pregnant women in the nearby town of South Morwell to leave to escape the smoke and ash in the air.
If the defendants are found guilty of defamation, it would mean the judge believes the statement that climatologist Michael Mann "molested and tortured data" was false and made with "actual malice," meaning they knew or recklessly disregarded the fact that it was false.