Local: Cuccinelli renews demand for researcher's records
“Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli has submitted a new, scaled-down demand for documents related to a former University of Virginia climate-change researcher’s work.
“Cuccinelli, a global-warning skeptic, is investigating whether Michael Mann defrauded state taxpayers by using manipulated data to obtain government grants. A judge ruled in late August that the attorney general was not specific enough about the nature of Mann’s alleged wrongdoing, and that he lacks authority to investigate federal grants.
“The attorney general is appealing that ruling to the Virginia Supreme Court.
“The new civil subpoena pertains to just one state grant and does not include four federal grants that were part of Cuccinelli’s original demand. Cuccinelli also included more specific language in the new subpoena.”