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Victory for Climate Scientist

The State Supreme Court denies the attorney general’s request to have the University of Virginia turn over detailed records regarding the work of its former climate researcher Michael Mann.

Jef Akst
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The ongoing battle between the University of Virginia and its former climate researcher Michael Mann and Virginia Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli has come to a close with the Virginia Supreme Court ruling on Friday (March 2) to uphold a lower court decision to throw out Cuccinelli’s request for documentation that he claims would reveal evidence of research fraud, according to The Chronicle of Higher Education.

"From the beginning, we have said that we were simply trying to review documents that are unquestionably state property to determine whether or not fraud had been committed," Cuccinelli said in a statement.

The recent ruling actually pertains to only a single grant application. Cuccinelli amended his request to the lower courts for the release of five grant applications and thousands of pages of emails and other documentation from Mann, now at Pennsylvania State University, ScienceInsider reported.

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