Cuccinelli Curtailed; Judge Quashes UVA Subpoena
Climate change challenge dead – for now
Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli’s effort to tie a former University of Virginia professor to the stake for his work on climate change has been rebuffed by an Albemarle County Circuit Court Judge, The Washington Post reported.
Cuccinelli, a global warming skeptic, was seeking a slew of documents related to the work of climate scientist and former UVA professor Michael Mann
, who now teaches at Penn State University.
The AG maintains Mann committed fraud in seeking five government grants for research showing the earth has experienced rapid warming.
The battle may not be over.
The judge set aside the subpoena in a way that allows Cuccinelli to rewrite it in a fashion that offers an “objective basis” to believe fraud has been committed, The Washington Post reported
However, should Cuccinelli choose to pursue the matter, his scope will be considerably narrowed. Peatross ruled the AG could only ask about one of the five grants Mann received because only one grant involved commonwealth funds. The other four grants were federally funded.