ATI Statement on Results from Today's Hearing in Freedom of Information Act Case Against U. of Virginia

Sep 16, 2011, 14:26 ET from American Tradition Institute

WASHINGTON, Sept. 16, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today in Prince William County court Judge Gaylord Finch delayed arguments and the scheduled production of documents in American Tradition Institute's Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the University of Virginia. A brief hearing was held to discuss a Motion to Intervene in the case by lawyers for former UVA professor Michael Mann, whose records that were created while employed there are what ATI seeks. Judge Finch, recognizing the important precedent-setting potential of the case, said he wanted to schedule a longer hearing — two hours — to hear arguments about whether to allow Dr. Mann, now at Pennsylvania State University, to enter the case.

Judge Finch granted ATI a sur reply in the case, which allows ATI Environmental Law Center director David Schnare to place additional materials before the court as Judge Finch considers whether to allow Dr. Mann to intervene. The two-hour hearing is scheduled for Nov. 1.

Statement by ATI Environmental Law Center director Dr. David Schnare about today's developments:

"If it wasn't clear before, it should now be clear to everybody. This is an extremely important case, and we appreciate Judge Finch's careful attention to detail as we proceed."

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SOURCE American Tradition Institute