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Another Thought on the Latest Michael Mann Email Fishing Expedition

The IntersectionBy Chris MooneyMay 31, 2011 5:46 PM

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Continuing to read up on this situation I just blogged about, the following stands out:

In a separate order filed in court Tuesday, a judge ordered that the university make available any records it exempts from release for review, under seal, by a judge and lawyers for ATI. That way, they can attempt to challenge exemptions if they believe the university has failed to release some records required by law. In a statement, ATI said the university was only agreeing to comply because the group had filed a petition in court to compel its action. “It took a petition to force U.-Va. to agree to produce the documents that by statute they should already have produced,” the group says in a statement.

Here's the thing: Doesn't this mean that the American Tradition Institute gets to see emails that it doesn't get to see? And then what is to prevent those from being leaked or talked about, allowing scandal mongering? Will the judge prevent that? More details here.

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