Court Dismisses Cuccinelli’s Global Warming Subpoena vs. UVA
A circuit court judge has dismissed Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli’s subpoena of global warming research documents from the University of Virginia. Craig Carper reports.
Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, a global warming skeptic, filed a subpoena against UVA in February to produce documents relating to the work of climate scientist and former UVA professor Michael Mann. Cuccinelli asserts Mann committed fraud by using manipulated data in seeking government grants for research on global warming. However in his ruling, Albemarle Circuit Court Judge Paul Peatross, said Cuccinelli failed to provide evidence that Mann had any intention to commit fraud. Michael Mann, who now teaches at Penn State, says he was pleased with the decision.
Mann: Today was a victory not just for the University of Virginia and myself, but really for all scientists who might fear that they could become the subject of a politically-motivated witch hunt because their research findings are somehow inconvenient to powerful vested interests.
Cuccinelli issued a statement saying he will rewrite his investigative demand and possibly appeal the circuit court’s decision.