Judge Refuses AG's Subpoena of Former UVA Professor’s Work On Global Warming
An Albermarele County Circuit Judge has set aside a subpoena issued by Virginia’s attorney general, seeking documents related to the work of climate scientist and former uva professor Michael Mann. Charles Fishburne reports.
Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli is a global warming skeptic and said he was investigating whether Mann committed fraud in seeking government money for his research on it. Judge Paul Peatross ruled that Cuccinelli can indeed investigate potential fraud in university grants, but in this case he was not specific enough.
Tobias: The Attorney General has said he might appeal and he may do that.
Carl Tobias, Law Professor t the University of Richmond:
Tobias: I believe that he could reformulate this CID, which is like a subpoena, to be more specific about exactly what it is that he wants. But, there's a bit of a Catch-22, I think, because in order to formulate it he may need some of this information that he's seeking.
Professor Mann said he was pleased with the ruling and that it meant he and other scientists need not live in fear of what he called a politically-motivated witch hunt.