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U.-Va. plans to comply with Cuccinelli subpoena

Rosalind Helderman

It looks like the University of Virginia does not plan to resist a subpoena from Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R) asking for documents related to the work of climate scientist and former professor Michael Mann, despite requests from some advocacy groups that it does so.

In a statement this evening, university spokesman Carol Wood said the school has received a 60-day extension to reply to the civil investigative demand. The new date for handing over documents related to Mann's work is July 26. But while she said that it is appropriate for groups like the ACLU and the American Association of University Professors -- both of which have urged the university's visitors to go to court to resist Cuccinelli's request -- to weigh in, the school plans to turn over documents it retains from Mann's tenure at the school. He left in 2005.

"The attorney general has broad authority to initiate an investigation such as this. And we are required by law to comply with the AG's request," Wood said. "At the same time, it is important that groups like the Faculty Senate and the AAUP take a stand. They are the ones able to initiate a public debate about state policy and whether the policy needs to be reviewed.

"The University has never received a complaint or allegation of academic misconduct on the part of Professor Mann. Had we, as a research institution, we have ample procedures in place to address such allegations. And while we may not understand the basis of the CID, we will gather what information may still reside at the University."

By Rosalind Helderman  |  May 6, 2010; 9:19 PM ET
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Looks like U-VA is the adult here.

Posted by: jckdoors | May 7, 2010 9:09 AM | Report abuse

Well, well, politics 1, science 0.

Posted by: mjcc1987 | May 7, 2010 9:47 AM | Report abuse

The University has never received a complaint or allegation of academic misconduct on the part of Professor Mann"

that should of been the end of the story.
Cuccinelli is clearly on a witchhunt.
he has no business, or the scientific knowledge needed to review the scientific documents of Mann.

His request should of been limited to financial records only, if indeed he suspects fraud.

Obviously he is working for someone other then the state of Virginia.

Posted by: MarilynManson | May 7, 2010 9:50 AM | Report abuse

Who would know more about hot atmospheric gasses than Ken Cuccinelli? After all, he's mostly methane.

Posted by: NancyNaive | May 7, 2010 10:15 AM | Report abuse

The Cucc will be on the Kojo Nammddi show today at noon 88.5 WAMU.

Posted by: jckdoors | May 7, 2010 11:40 AM | Report abuse

Great, we can know encourage this guy to be even more of a nut.

Posted by: UnknownHenson | May 7, 2010 1:52 PM | Report abuse

UVa has wimped out, not been "the adult". Adults have fully functioning gonads, and it's clear the people running UVa do not.

Posted by: boatbrain | May 7, 2010 1:57 PM | Report abuse

Another thing to know - the stooge who is handling the case is Wesley Russell, Deputy Attorney. His phone number is 804-786-6731. I urge everyone reading this to call him and tell him you disapprove.

Posted by: boatbrain | May 7, 2010 2:01 PM | Report abuse

Koocoo is out of reality...pity him..he is making Virginia (as a State) look so backward

Posted by: fairness3 | May 7, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Cucc is Koocoo.

Posted by: jstewartecu | May 7, 2010 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Life in prison would be to good of a punishment for the criminal fraud Mann has inflicted on the world. But at least things are finally heading in the right direction.

Posted by: peterp22 | May 9, 2010 8:49 PM | Report abuse

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