So why is the Commonwealth's "premier" institution of higher learning now fighting to keep secret that which doesn't exist?
U-Va. goes to court to fight Cuccinelli's subpoena of ex-professor's documentsWhat apparently doesn't chill this guy is the fact that a former University of Virginia professor has embarrassed himself and the entire scientific community by (allegedly) falsifying data and massaging the "science" of global warming to justify his political ends. Not to mention the possibility that a crime occurred.
By Rosalind S. Helderman, Washington Post Staff Writer
Richmond -- Virginia's flagship university went to court Thursday to fight an effort by Virginia Attorney Gen. Ken Cuccinelli II (R) to get documents from a former climate scientist at the school, an unusual confrontation that will test the bounds of academic freedom and result in the college facing down its own lawyer in court.
In a motion filed in Charlottesville, the University of Virginia argued that Cuccinelli's subpoena for papers and e-mail from global warming researcher Michael Mann exceeds the attorney general's authority under state law and intrudes on the rights of professors to pursue academic inquiry free from political pressure.
Cuccinelli ... has said he is investigating whether Mann committed fraud by knowingly skewing data as he sought publicly funded grants for his research. Mann left U-Va. in 2005 and now works at Penn State.
University President John T. Casteen III said in a statement that Cuccinelli's order had "sent a chill through the Commonwealth's colleges and universities." [link]
One gets the impression, what with the stonewalling and faux cries of "chilling effect," that there must be a lot of this sort of thing going on there. Ahem.
With each passing day, UVa and its administrators shame themselves and us.
If there's nothing there to be prosecuted, we move on.
Watergate this and the university's once-good name will continue to be dragged through the mud.