What's U-Va. trying to hide?
By Franklin B. Olmsted
The investigation by Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli II (R) of climate researcher Michael E. Mann might well be as misguided as The Post said in the Oct. 6 editorial “Witch hunt, part two.”
But just as misguided is the University of Virginia’s trying to hide documents Mr. Cuccinelli wants to see as he tries to determine whether Mr. Mann committed fraud when he applied for a state grant while working at the university. The people of Virginia paid for Mr. Mann’s research. Why aren’t the people entitled to see all the materials related to how their money was spent?
The university’s stonewalling has already cost the taxpayers $350,000, and it can only make some of those taxpayers think the school has something to hide. It is sad that the University of Virginia, where I went to law school, seems to have forgotten its founder’s wish for it “to follow the truth wherever it may lead.”
| October 8, 2010; 6:32 PM ET
Categories: Virginia, environment
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