Peatross determined that Cuccinelli could still investigate the fraud, but since his subpoena did not state a "reason to believe" fraud had been committed, he could not have access to the documents.
According to The Washington Post:
Peatross set the subpoena aside without prejudice, meaning Cuccinelli could give the subpoena another try by rewriting the civil demand to better explain the conduct he wishes to investigate.
The judge also determined that Cuccinelli can only investigate one of the five grants awarded to Mann, since only one had been awarded by the state of Virginia. The others were federal grants.
Mann, who now works at Penn State University, left UVA in 2005. As TPM previously reported, Mann was one of several climate change researchers who were connected to the "Climate-Gate" emails that "showed some scientists discussing ways to keep views skeptical of global warming out of peer-reviewed journals, among other things."
Mann himself said in a statement that the Judge's ruling is "a victory not just for me and the university, but for all scientists who live in fear that they may be subject to a politically-motivated witch hunt when their research findings prove inconvenient to powerful vested interests."