Rector and Visitors of the University of Virginia v. Cuccinelli (Va. Mar. 11, 2011):
The Virginia Supreme Court agreed to consider the Virginia Attorney General’s request for documents concerning the so- called climategate controversy concerning grant applications of a former University of Virginia climate change scientist. In May 2010, the University filed a lawsuit objecting to a subpoena served by the Attorney General on the University concerning five grants received by a professor previously employed by the University who was involved in the so-called climategate controversy. In August 2010, the presiding judge held that four of the five grants were federal grants and thus the Attorney General could not question the professor about them. In addition, the court held that the document requests were not specific enough because they did not show sufficient reason to believe incriminating documents existed.