RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – The Virginia Supreme Court says the state attorney general has no authority to demand records related to a former University of Virginia climate researcher's work.
The court on Friday tossed out Kenneth Cuccinelli's so-called “civil investigative demand” for copies of Michael Mann's emails.
Cuccinelli, a global warming skeptic, says he's investigating whether Mann defrauded taxpayers by using manipulated data to obtain government grants. Other investigations, including one by the National Science Foundation, have found no wrongdoing by Mann.
Cuccinelli appealed a judge's ruling that he failed to adequately state what Mann, who now works at Penn State, might have done wrong.
The Supreme Court ruled that the state anti-fraud act doesn't allow the attorney general to issue CIDs against state agencies.
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