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Federal court to unseal some John Doe documents

 Federal court to unseal some John Doe documents

MADISON, Wis. (AP) _ A federal appeals court has decided to unseal more documents in a secret investigation into Gov. Scott Walker's campaign.

Prosecutors have been looking into whether Walker's 2012 recall campaign illegally coordinated with conservative groups on advertising and fundraising. One of the groups, Wisconsin Club for Growth, has convinced a federal judge to put the probe on hold, arguing the investigation violates its free speech rights.

The prosecutors have asked the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals to let them re-start the probe.

The court has already released 266 pages of documents tied to the probe. The court Thursday ordered another two dozen documents unsealed but said portions of at least 10 others must remain secret.

 

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) _ A federal appeals court has apparently opted to hold off on releasing more documents linked to a secret investigation into Gov. Scott Walker's campaign.

Prosecutors have been looking into whether Walker's campaign illegally coordinated with conservative groups during the 2012 recall. A federal judge halted the probe after one of the groups, Wisconsin Club for Growth, argued the investigation violates its rights.

The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals planned to release 34 sealed documents in the case Tuesday at media advocates' request. But Wisconsin Club for Growth, two unnamed parties and prosecutors filed motions Monday seeking to keep the documents secret.

The court hadn't responded or released any documents by Tuesday afternoon. The media advocates' attorney says he thinks the court will allow him to respond to Monday's motions.

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) _ It's unclear whether a federal appeals court will release nearly three dozen documents linked to a secret investigation into Gov. Scott Walker's 2012 recall campaign.

Prosecutors have been looking into whether Walker's campaign illegally coordinated with conservative groups. The prosecutors are using a so-called John Doe procedure in which information is tightly controlled.

A federal judge halted the probe after one of the groups, Wisconsin Club for Growth, argued the investigation violates the organization's rights. The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals is reviewing the decision.

That court had planned to release 34 sealed case documents Tuesday. On Monday, however, the Wisconsin Club for Growth, two unnamed parties and the prosecutors all filed motions asking the court to keep some or all of the documents sealed. The court hasn't responded.

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) _ Two unnamed parties have asked a federal appeals court not to release nearly three dozen documents in a secret investigation into possible illegal coordination between Gov. Scott Walker's campaign and conservative groups.

 

The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals plans to release 34 electronic files in the so-called John Doe probe on Tuesday. A John Doe probe is similar to a federal grand jury probe where information is tightly controlled.

 

The two unidentified parties filed a motion late Friday asking the court to keep the documents sealed. They argued that the files actually are 34 documents, including four affidavits loaded with personal information such as names and addresses that prosecutors used to conduct searches and issue subpoenas.

 

The parties argued the 7th Circuit should respect the John Doe's secrecy.

 

 

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) _ A federal appeals court has rejected the Wisconsin elections board's request to intervene in an ongoing lawsuit over an investigation into Gov. Scott Walker's 2012 recall campaign and a host of conservative groups.

The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday rejected the Government Accountability Board request.

The board asked to intervene so it could make its case about what campaign activity can be regulated. Prosecutors worked with the board in launching the probe into whether Walker's campaign and others broke state laws.

The Wisconsin Club for Growth sued in federal court and a judge in May stopped the probe. Prosecutors have appealed to the 7th Circuit.

While the board's request to join the lawsuit was denied, the appeals court says it can file its own separate legal brief.

 

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