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Va. judge delays ruling in Cuccinelli climate change case

Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli II, a vocal skeptic of global warming, went to court Friday as he continues investigating whether former University of Virginia professor Michael Mann manipulated data to show that there has been a rapid, recent rise in global temperatures.

The University of Virginia is fighting an effort by Cuccinelli to get documents from Mann, saying it exceeds his authority under state law and intrudes on the rights of professors to pursue academic inquiry free from political pressure.

Albemarle Circuit Court Judge Paul Peatross did not rule on whether U-Va. has to turn over the documents, but said he would rule within 10 days.

By Anita Kumar  |  August 20, 2010; 4:10 PM ET
Categories:  Ken Cuccinelli  
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Virginians had no idea they were electing a rabid right-winger. And now they're stuck with him. Not too worry, though. Just hold your noses and close your eyes until the nightmare is over. I don't think we'll be seeing Mr. Cuccinelli in elective politics after his term expires.

Posted by: | August 21, 2010 7:50 AM | Report abuse

there was a student and faculty protest at UVA yesterday,more press than protesters... 5 protestors... wow seems like the professors are really concerned about this case... maybe they know more than they are saying. I guess WAPO decided the numbers were too small to mention.

Prior to Friday’s hearing, five UVa students and faculty members gathered on the steps of the Rotunda to denounce Cuccinelli’s investigation, calling it politically motivated and a threat to academic freedom.

Posted by: BruceFairfax | August 21, 2010 1:11 PM | Report abuse

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