by Owen Robinson
The Cavalier Daily
The Virginia Supreme Court ruled Thursday to uphold the decision to deny the American Tradition Institute access to the emails of Michael Mann, a climate scientist and former University professor, staying consistent with the Prince William County Circuit Court’s previous ruling.
The American Tradition Institute, now E&E Legal, said it has the right to receive the documents under the Virginia Freedom of Information Act. The Court, however, ruled this circumstance fell under one of FOIA’s exemptions, arguing the disclosure of Mann’s correspondences may bring to light some of the University’s research, thereby reducing its competitiveness…
“A large number of emails had already become public and they demonstrated a considerable amount of improper action and misbehavior,” Schnare said. “Our position was ‘if it was out of context then give us the whole thing.’”