RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Virginia Supreme Court is expected to rule on the attorney general’s demand for documents related to the work of a former University of Virginia climate-change researcher.

The court heard arguments in January on Kenneth Cuccinelli’s so-called “civil investigative demand” for copies of Michael Mann’s emails. Cuccinelli, a global warming skeptic, says he’s investigating whether Mann defrauded taxpayers by using manipulated data to obtain government grants. Other investigations, including one by the National Science Foundation, have found no wrongdoing by Mann.

Cuccinelli is appealing a judge’s ruling that he failed to adequately state what Mann, who now works at Penn State, might have done wrong. A ruling is expected Friday.

University officials and professors have argued that Cuccinelli’s actions could have a chilling effect on academic freedom and research.

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