Virginia Supreme Court Ruling Against Cuccinelli “a victory for science in Virginia”


    Great news this morning from the Virginia Supreme Court, even if it’s in rejecting an utterly outrageous overreach in power by Attorney General Ken Kookinelli.

    The Virginia Supreme Court today sided with the University of Virginia in its fight against the state attorney general’s investigation of former U.Va. climate scientist Michael Mann.

    The court upheld the Albemarle Circuit Court ruling setting aside Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli’s civil investigative demands for documents related to grants Mann receive to study global warming.


    “Certainly, I do think that it’s important for the university to be able to protect the privacy of its researchers and the ability of scientists to ask tough questions,” said Michael Halpern of the Union of Concerned Scientists, a nonprofit science advocacy group. “This is a victory for science in Virginia.”

    So, Ken Kookinelli loses yet another one, but not after smearing a great scientist, putting a chill on free academic inquiry, wasting the Attorney General’s office’s time and Virginia taxpayers’ money, tarnishing Virginia’s image – dating from Thomas Jefferson’s day – as a state which respects knowledge and learning, etc. Other than that, great job by “The Cucc”!!!


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