by The Daily Progress

What a letdown.

And what an irony.

The Virginia Supreme Court levied damages of just $250 against the nonprofit Energy & Environment Legal Institute in its bid to obtain climate researcher Michael Mann’s emails while he was a professor at the University of Virginia…

The institute says that even though it lost the case, the small amount of damages vindicates its contention that the suit was legitimate and not “frivolous” or “pernicious” as critics claimed.

“You don’t get frivolous lawsuits that go to the Supreme Court,” said Executive Director Craig Richardson…

Considering all the ambiguities inherent in this case — freedom of information versus academic freedom, science versus ideology, a claim of victory by one side versus a claim of victory by the other — perhaps the Supreme Court’s ambiguous ruling is perfectly apropos.

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