"Judge Quashes Cuccinelli Subpoena of U-Va. Records"

"An Albemarle County Circuit Court judge has set aside  a subpoena issued by Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli to the University of Virginia seeking documents related to the work of climate scientist and former university professor Michael Mann.

Judge Paul M. Peatross Jr. ruled that Cuccinelli can investigate whether fraud has occurred in university grants, as the attorney general had contended, but ruled that Cuccinelli's subpoena failed to state a "reason to believe" that Mann had committed fraud.

The ruling is a major blow for Cuccinelli, a global warming skeptic who had maintained that he was investigating whether Mann committed fraud in seeking government money for research that showed that the earth has experienced a rapid, recent warming. Mann, now at Penn State University, worked at U-Va. until 2005."

Mann has been cleared of any wrongdoing in several other investigations.

Rosalind Helderman reports for the Washington Post August 30, 2010.


"Virginia Judge Tosses Out Cuccinelli Attempt To Subpoena Michael Mann's Records" (Climate Science Watch)

"Judge Rules in U.Va. Global-Warming Records Case" (AP)

"Michael Mann on the Latest Climategate Crusade" (PBS Need To Know)

"Smackdown for Cuccinelli" (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

"Judge Rejects Cuccinelli's Subpoena Of UVA 'Climate-Gate' Docs" (TPM Muckraker)

"Breaking: Judge Rules Against Cuccinelli’S Witch-Hunt Aimed at Michael Mann and Climate Science" (Climate Progress)

Source: Wash Post, 08/31/2010