Climate scientist Michael Mann’s private e-mails and research notes will remain private, thanks to a ruling by the Virginia Supreme Court. “Virginia’s highest court has ruled that Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli cannot compel the University of Virginia to turn over records dealing with the work of a former university climate scientist,” reports the Roanoke Times (March 2, 2012). The Guardian (March 2, 2012) explains, “The court rejected Ken Cuccinelli’s demand for Mann’s email, research notes, and even handwritten memos from his time at the University of Virginia, ruling that the official did not have the legal authority to demand such records.”

That’s from the NCSE. Full report here.