Academic emails can be withheld - Court ruling

The Virginia Supreme Court in the United States has rejected a conservative group's attempt to obtain a University of Virginia climate researcher's emails, reports Larry O'Dell for Associated Press.

The justices said retired Arlington Circuit Judge Paul Sheridan was right when he ruled that Michael Mann's emails are proprietary records dealing with scholarly research and therefore are exempt from disclosure under the Virginia Freedom of Information Act. The ruling ends the American Tradition Institute's three-year court battle to obtain the emails.

The organisation, which recently changed its name to the Energy and Environmental Legal Institute, disputes the assertion by Mann and other climate scientists that decades of heat-trapping gas emissions into the atmosphere are responsible for global warming. Conservative state delegate Bob Marshall had joined the institute in seeking Mann's emails.
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