U.S. District Judge Oliver Wanger issued his opinion on the Consolidated Delta Smelt/Salmonid Case.
While he didn’t call out Manbearpig or his minions by name, he did use several other terms for them… (emphasis mine throughout) (h/t The Volokh Conspiracy)
“I have never seen anything like what has been placed before this court by these two witnesses… The only inference that the court can draw is that it is an attempt to mislead and to deceive the court.”
Wanger did not use the term “scientific misconduct,” or “lying,” but he used nearly every other adjective that describes deception by scientists as he built the record in his ruling for a finding of “bad faith.” He called their testimony “false,” “outrageous,” “incredible,” “unworthy of belief” and more. . . .
Wanger called a Fish and Wildlife Service scientist who had testified in the case a “zealot” who did not let facts get in the way of her goals.
“She may be a good scientist. She may be honest, but she has not been honest with this court,” he said.
He called a Bureau of Reclamation scientist “untrustworthy as a witness.”
“And I will note that he is a government agent,” Wanger said. “And the United States, as a sovereign, has a duty not only in dealing with the court, but in dealing with the public to always speak the truth, whether it’s good or bad.” . . .
“Protecting endangered species is crucially important,” Wanger said. “But when it overwhelms us to the point that we lose objectivity, we lose honesty, we’re all in a lot of trouble. Serious, serious trouble.”
Serial, serial trouble indeed.