A Retort for VA AG Mr. Cuccinelli: Chill Out and Try Your Own Medicine

Virginia’s fearless protector of law and order and fighter of frivolous lawsuits is being frivolous again.

Back in May you might remember I wrote about the Virginia attorney general’s “Mann hunt,” in which Virginia’s top prosecutor, Kenneth Cuccinelli, essentially subpoenaed the University of Virginia for all documents pertaining to Dr. Michael Mann, a former faculty member at UVA and one of the climate scientists whose e-mails were hacked from the University of East Anglia in 2009.

A circuit court judge threw out the subpoena, citing a lack of evidence of any wrongdoing. (Cuccinelli is appealing the ruling,) This of course came after multiple investigations (see here and here) cleared all of the scientists involved in the so-called climategate, including several into Mann himself (see here [pdf] and here).

According to news reports, Cuccinelli’s actions so far have cost UVA more than $350,000.

Now Cuccinelli is back at it. He has subpoenaed the University of Virginia anew, seeking documents and claiming that Mann misused taxpayer money in his climate research while on the faculty there: “Specifically, but without limitation,” the new Civil Investigative Demand alleges, “some of the conclusions of the [global warming] papers demonstrate a complete lack of rigor regarding the statistical analysis of the alleged data, meaning that the result reported lacked statistical significance without a specific statement to that effect.”

Kind of ironic if you think about it. Cuccinelli is a big believer in tort reform. He talks on his Web site of the need of “limiting excessive litigation and maintaining a restrained legal climate.” About time he starts walking the talk: which is all about not bringing frivolous lawsuits and wasting taxpayer money.

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