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Posted at 1:33 PM ET, 10/ 4/2010

Cuccinelli reissues U-Va. subpoena

By Rosalind Helderman
(Ed Bailey/AP)

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By Rosalind Helderman  | October 4, 2010; 1:33 PM ET
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I went to the brain store last week and asked for a half pound of Cuccinelli brains. They cost four times as much as regular brains. When asked, the merchant said "Do you know how many Cuccinellis it takes to get a half pound of brains?"

Not saying he's dim witted..

Posted by: RogerRamjet2 | October 4, 2010 2:05 PM | Report abuse

Cuccinelli is going to be filing lawsuits right up to the moment that the waters of the Atlantic begin lapping at his computer.

Posted by: MyPostYourPostLetsCallTheWholeThingOff | October 4, 2010 2:05 PM | Report abuse

My only hope is that the crazier Cucchinelli gets the lesser his chances are of ever winning another office in this state. He is turning Virginia into an absolute embarrassment. Using his office's power of subponea to fight science is a gross abuse of that power and is using state funds to tilt at windmills.

Posted by: thurdl01 | October 4, 2010 2:08 PM | Report abuse

KO-ko-nelli must make sure that he his twice the embarasement he was to Virginia!

Posted by: 10bestfan | October 4, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

This guy is an embarrassment. He and McDonnell talk about fiscal responsibility, but this is how he uses state funds? Disgusting.

Posted by: mikeleon87 | October 4, 2010 2:25 PM | Report abuse

I just read the Attorney General's (AG's) Civil Investigative Demand (CID). The AG is costing tens of thousands of Virginia taxpayer dollars to silence science with which he does not agree. This is a modern Inquisition. There is no basis in his allegations. I especially am intrigued by CID Atch B, which purports to demonstrate Dr. Mann's research problems. Virtually none of it supports the AG's critique. Some refers to normal scientific argument in search of truth, some refers to loose private conversations (mainly e-mails) that bemoan the massive ignorance of industry-funded critics and the lack of scientific review of papers published in industry-funded journals, and (most amazingly) some refers to documents that support Mann's research methods. The CID requires Mann potentially to produce thousands of pages of hard-to-find documents. Doing this would require Mann and his staff to spend thousands of hours finding, reproducing, and delivering these documents or explaining why such was not possible. This is a standard legal procedure to make someone's life so difficult that they will back down instead of fighting for what is right. In layperson's terms, it is harassment pure and simple. The AG knows he can win this fight only if Mann does not fight back. I believe Mann's best approach now is to fall back on the scientific community's generosity not only to fight against this CID but also to hire a legal team and PR team to sue the State of Virginia and the AG for this harassment and to publicize the AG's harassment in every media outlet possible. The ultimate goal should be to crush the AG's reputation and the reputations of his defenders and to obtain an award that reimburses all expenses (including legal) and pays punitive damages to Dr. Mann for the damage the AG is attempting to cause against Mann's reputation. It's called libel and slander in some quarters. That's what the AG is doing. He has no chance to build or win an actual case. The real purpose of his CID is to drive good science underground by smearing science that produces results with which he disagrees. We who believe in truth cannot allow this attempted return to the Dark Ages to occur. The AG as Inquisitor must be crushed under the heal of Truth. His lies funded by Virginia tax dollars must not be allowed to continue.

Posted by: papio | October 4, 2010 3:22 PM | Report abuse

LOL, according to Rosalind Helderman at the Virginia Politics blog (where commenting seems to be turned off for some reason), the new CID tries to argue the science behind Mann's work. OMG, Cuccinelli is going to receive a massive smackdown. Not that he has shown any capability for embarrassment.

Posted by: imback | October 4, 2010 3:32 PM | Report abuse

Why oh why didn't UVa conduct its own internal investigation of Mann and thereby take away any need for the Attorney General to do it?

Mann was the scholar whose e-mail on how to cook the data to wrongly show global warming was released to the public by hackers. You know there must be even more embarassing e-mails where that one came from.

Posted by: blasmaic | October 4, 2010 3:32 PM | Report abuse

Va. You get what you vote for. This guy reminds me of Steve Colbert. But whats scary is this guy is serious.


Yes, please try to convince yourself that this is what you voted this guy into office as AG to do. Waste your tax dollars going after people who believe in global warming. What next, go after the any professor that teaches evolution and gets public funds? Yes, he is really making Va a better place, stopping those fraudulent global warming professors and scientist. Maybe if it were a faith based publicly funded scientist he would feel a little better.

Posted by: ged0386 | October 4, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse


the only person I voted for in 2009 was Jody Wagner because I thought Jody Powell did a pretty good job as Carter's press secretary.

Posted by: blasmaic | October 4, 2010 4:36 PM | Report abuse

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