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Va. justices to consider AG’s quest for records

(AP) — The Virginia Supreme Court is set to hear arguments in Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli’s demand for documents related to a former University of Virginia climate-change researcher’s work.

The hearing is set for Thursday.

Cuccinelli is seeking emails and other documents as part of his investigation into whether Michael Mann, who now works at Penn State, defrauded taxpayers by using manipulated data to obtain government grants. Cuccinelli is appealing a judge’s ruling that he was not specific enough about how Mann might have broken the law, and that he lacks authority to investigate federal grants.

The attorney general, a global-warming skeptic, submitted a more specific demand for just one state grant. Another judge put that matter on hold until after the Supreme Court rules, which probably will be in early March.

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