Cuccinelli Climate Case Heads to Va. Supreme Court

Friday, Mar 11, 2011  |  Updated 12:16 PM EDT
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Cuccinelli Climate Case Heads to Va. Supreme Court

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State Sen. Ken Cuccinelli, R-Fairfax County, gestures as he challenges a ruling by Lt. Gov. Tim Kaine during the Senate Session at the Capitol in Richmond, Va., Wednesday April 6, 2005. Cuccinelli attempted a proceedural manuver in an attempt to strip Sen. Russell Potts of his committee assignments for his independent Republican bid for governor. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

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A case involving Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli has reached the state's Supreme Court.

Cuccinelli is investigating whether a former University of Virginia researcher used manipulated data to obtain government grants for climate change research.

He's accused Michael Mann of defrauding state taxpayers to get the grants.

The university has fought Cuccinelli's demand for the documents relating to Mann's research.

He's appealing a judge's ruling from last August that said he wasn't specific enough about how Mann might have broken the law.

The judge also shot down Cuccinelli's request, saying he lacks authority to investigate federal grants.

Both sides have told The Daily Progress that they are pleased the case has reached the Supreme Court.

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