by Jacob Gershman
Wall Street Journal Law Blog

Virginia’s highest court has denied a conservative group’s effort to force the University of Virginia to turn over emails from a controversial climate scientist who worked at the school.

The Virginia Supreme Court on Thursday held that the public university wasn’t obligated under the state’s freedom of information law to release thousands of emails that Penn State researcher Michael Mann wrote while he was a UVA professor several years ago…

The Energy & Environment Legal Institute, a non-profit in Washington, D.C., said it wanted Mr. Mann’s emails because it was concerned that he and other climate researchers may have “allowed their personal biases to bleed into their scientific work,” David W. Schnare, lead counsel for the organization, told Law Blog.

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