( March 2, 2012) – In response to actions taken by Virginia’s Attorney General, the Supreme Court of Virginia ruled today that the University of Virginia and all other state agencies cannot be served with civil investigative demands which compel agencies to provide information for fraud investigations involving government funds.
In response, American Tradition Institute’s Christopher Horner (Director of Litigation) stated:
“It has been our opinion from the outset of our pursuit of these public records that, by getting the University to admit it possessed records it was telling the public were destroyed, the Attorney General had already won.
There is no argument that these are not state property, or that the FOI law doesn’t expressly cover them; as acknowledged in UVa’s faculty handbook, its website, agreements faculty must sign, and elsewhere.
And so we look forward to their release under the Freedom of Information Act.”
For requests to interview Mr. Horner, contact Tom Tanton, ATI’s Executive Director at firstname.lastname@example.org or (916)645-2854.