Climategate Stops at the Virginia Supreme Court

Virginia Attorney General Kenneth Cuccinelli’s quest to obtain records from a noted climate scientist has been halted by state’s Supreme Court.

The court ruled that Cuccinelli did not have the authority to subpoena records from Michael Mann, one of climatologists who put together the “hockey stick graph,” which came under attack during the “climategate” scandal. Mann used to work at the University of Virginia, but now teaches at Penn State.

As we reported last May, the school already released a large cache of emails in response to a Freedom of Information Act request brought by a conservative climate organization.

The records Cuccinelli is looking for, however, are grant applications. The AP reports he is trying to prove that Mann “defrauded taxpayers by using manipulated data to obtain government grants.”

Mann has been vindicated by a variety of investigations, which sifted through the leaked emails and found Mann had not manipulated data in order to make the case in favor of climate change.

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