Volume 90 Issue 11 | p. 11 | News of The Week
Issue Date: March 12, 2012

Virginia Fraud Probe Cut Off

Academic Freedom: State supreme court spurns attorney general’s attempt to obtain climate researcher’s records
Department: Government & Policy | Collection: Climate Change
News Channels: Environmental SCENE
Keywords: academic freedom, climate change, UVA

Virginia’s highest court has ended a politically charged fraud investigation of a climate-change researcher, denying state Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II (R) access to the scientist’s records.

In the case, the University of Virginia (UVA) fought to protect the academic freedom of Michael E. Mann, who was an assistant professor of environmental sciences at UVA from 1999 to 2005. Cuccinelli, a climate-change skeptic, subpoenaed the university . . .

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