An Albermarle County judge told Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli today that he had failed to make his case that there was reason to suspect former University of Virginia climatologist Michael Mann of committing fraud.
Don’t think this will stop Cuccinelli’s witch hunt against Mann – which appears to be based solely on the fact that Mann has put forth a scientific theory, widely accepted by the scientific community, that the attorney general disagrees with. Cuccinelli immediately put out a press release saying his office was pleased with “some aspects” of the judge’s ruling:
“While this was not an outright ruling in our favor, I am pleased that the judge has agreed with my office on several key legal points and has given us a framework for issuing a new civil investigative demand to get the information necessary to continue our investigation into whether or not fraud has been committed against the commonwealth,” Cuccinelli was quoted.
You’ve got to love the denial: “While this was not an outright ruling in our favor…” No, Ken, it was a complete defeat.
Cuccinelli should give this up and save the state money and resources. He won’t, but he should.
Update: We’re working on an editorial about this ruling for later in the week.