That's what University of Virginia continues to do, as my colleague at American Tradition Institute Chris Horner explains today in Washington Examiner. Earlier this week UVA -- as required by a court order -- delivered records relating to Climategate "Hockey Stick" chart creator Michael Mann that ATI asked for in January under a Freedom of Information Act request.
As I mentioned last week, the American Tradition Institute's Environmental Law Center took the University of Virginia to court yesterday in Prince William County to ask a judge to force the release of documents of Climategate scientist Michael Mann, from his tenure there years ago. We asked for the records more than four months ago. Our court hearing was yesterday.
As you will see in this excerpt from our press release today, UVA has been less than cooperative:
We (American Tradition Institute's Environmental Law Center) figured four-plus months and $4,000 was enough to give the University of Virginia to start producing the records we requested that pertain to their former Climategate scientist Michael Mann -- you know, Mr. Transparency -- so on Monday we asked a judge to force the issue:
As Chris Horner blogged yesterday, the Environmental Law Center at American Tradition Institute (where I am executive director) has requested under the state's Freedom of Information Act that the University of Virginia turn over documents and emails related to public grants sought by "hockey stick" scientist Michael Mann, who moved over to Penn State University a few years ago. UVA has been resisting (spending about $500,000 on outside lawyers for the effort) a similar, previous request by Attorney General Kenneth Cuccinelli, who is investigating Mann under the Fraud Against Taxpayers Act.
I know the main focus at AmSpecBlog is on federal offices and the races to get to DC, but it's always worthwhile to highlight elected officials' unhinged behavior, regardless of where they serve. So today I bring you Washington State Democrat Rep. Geoff Simpson, who did not like an inquiry made by Evergreen Freedom Foundation (a conservative/libertarian think tank) reporter Scott St. Clair, about his ties and campaign contributions from a particular public employees' union: