Dispute Over Climate Scientist's Records Pits Academe Against Media Groups

Dispute Over Climate Scientist's Records Pits Academe Against Media Groups 1

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Michael E. Mann, now at Pennsylvania State U., is the focus of a legal battle over his emails and other documents from when he conducted climate research at the U. of Virginia.

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AP Photo/Centre Daily Times (Knight Ridder), Nabil K. Mark

Michael E. Mann, now at Pennsylvania State U., is the focus of a legal battle over his emails and other documents from when he conducted climate research at the U. of Virginia.

Higher-education associations are at odds with news-media groups in a court dispute over whether Virginia's open-records law exempts a wide range of documents deemed proprietary by the University of Virginia and the prominent climate scientist who produced them.

In a case scheduled to be heard on Thursday by the Virginia Supreme Court, the university and several national higher-education groups are arguing that the open-records law should not be construed as giving an advocacy group