Ken Cuccinelli was looking for fraud, not witches.
The alarmist National Center for Science Education comments:
…Mann’s allies in the fight celebrated the ruling. Kent Willis of the ACLU of Virginia told the News Leader, “If academic freedom means anything, it is that scientists and other scholars should be able to communicate freely without fear that the government is looking over their shoulders”…
But academic freedom does not mean that government-funded researchers can commit fraud.