While the attorneys for the university have asserted that former University of Virginia Professor, Michael Mann has never before been caught in any sort of wrongdoing, a team of lawyers for Attorney General, Ken Cuccinelli II claim that he had manipulated the data.
A subpoena has been filed by Cuccinelli, asking for all the emails between Mann and his research assistants, secretaries and 39 other scientists across the country. Along with this, he has also demanded for documents from U-Va. and the five grant applications that had been prepared by Mann.
However, U-Va. argues that the demand made by Cuccinelli intrudes on the rights of the professors to track academic query free from political pressure.
“These charges continue to be made by climate-change deniers. There are no grounds whatsoever for the claims they are making”, says Mann.
Albemarle Circuit Judge, Paul M. Peatross Jr. has said that he will rule in the case within 10 days as he needs to ensure that the demand made by Cuccinelli abides by the state law.
Investigations are being made by the Attorney General to see if Mann has deceived the taxpayers by using maneuvered data. The research made by Mann, which suggests man-made global warming, fetched him five government grants totalling $466,000. And hence, it is being scrutinized whether the whole manipulation was done to obtain money.
Mann at present is teaching at the Pennsylvania State University.