Judge stays Cuccinelli's U-Va. climate change subpoena, sets Aug. 20 court date
An Albermarle County judge has stayed Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli's civil investigative demand to the University of Virginia for documents related to a former university climate scientist, pending the outcome of a legal challenge to the request.
The university faced a July 26 deadline for complying with the subpoena but Circuit Court Judge Cheryl V. Higgins stayed the demand after the university petitioned the judge asking her to set Cuccinelli's inquiry aside. Cuccinelli has said he is investigating whether former university professor Michael Mann committed fraud when he sought and spent five public grants for his research. The university is resisting the request, arguing that Cuccinelli is intruding on Mann's academic freedom.
Such a stay is common practice and was formalized as part of a scheduling order that has been in the works for some time (the judge seems to have signed it June 10) but has been circulated to lawyers just this week. The order, agreed to by both sides, also sets a schedule for the circuit court's consideration of the university's petition, culminating in the courtroom showdown of oral arguments on Aug. 20.
June 22, 2010; 12:23 PM ET
Categories: Ken Cuccinelli , Rosalind Helderman
Save & Share: Previous: Warner, Webb sign court brief backing fallen Marine's family
Next: Top Va. budget cruncher hospitalized
Posted by: adrienne_najjar | June 22, 2010 2:15 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: krickey7 | June 22, 2010 3:19 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: zcxnissan | June 22, 2010 3:33 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: krickey7 | June 22, 2010 4:38 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: bmalbert1 | June 23, 2010 7:21 AM | Report abuse
Posted by: bmalbert1 | June 23, 2010 7:22 AM | Report abuse
The comments to this entry are closed.