05 October 2010

Cuccinelli is Back at It

When a Virginia court quashed state attorney General Ken Cuccinelli's attempt to pry loose decade-old emails from former University of Virginia professor Michael Mann, I expected that decision would be the end of the issue.  I was wrong.  Cuccinelli is back, according to the Washington Post, with a much reduced effort to get his hands on those emails.

I expect that Cuccinelli's request will again be turned down.  Just because Michael Mann's work is contested and perhaps even fatally flawed does not rise to the level of academic fraud.  Academics have every right to be wrong. Cuccinelli's fishing expedition should again return empty handed.