Good news on the kooky front:
Virginia’s attorney general has failed to back up allegations that a former University of Virginia climate-change researcher defrauded state taxpayers to obtain government grants, a judge ruled Monday.
Retired Albemarle County Circuit Judge Paul M. Peatross Jr. determined that the university can be subject to an investigation by Ken Cuccinelli. But Peatross found that Cuccinelli’s two so-called “civil investigative demands,” or administrative subpoenas, for Michael Mann’s records fail to spell out the nature of Mann’s alleged wrongdoing.
“What the Attorney General suspects that Dr. Mann did that was false or fraudulent in obtaining funds from the Commonwealth is simply not stated,” Peatross said in his ruling.
The ruling left open the door for Cuccinelli to try again, if the new request satisfies the legal requirements.
No doubt the fishing campaign and concomitant harassment will continue.