02 Mar '12, 6pm

Virginia Court Rejects Climate Skeptic's Demand for Records

Jay Paul for The New York Times Another round lost: Kenneth T. Cuccinelli, Virginia’s attorney general. Virginia’s crusading attorney general faces a flashing stop sign in his pursuit of a leading climate scientist. On Friday, the Virginia Supreme Court ruled that the attorney general, Kenneth T. Cuccinelli, does not have the authority to demand records of e-mails or grant applications sent by the scientist, Michael E. Mann, who formerly taught at the university and is now a professor at Penn State. Mr. Cuccinelli has sought since 2010 to force the University of Virginia to release documents for five grant applications made by Dr. Mann and all related e-mails between the professor, research assistants and other scientists, saying that he suspected that Dr. Mann used fraudulent climate data to secure grants. A lower court denied the request, saying that Mr. Cuccinelli prese...

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