NEW INFORMATION: Federal court holds off on John Doe release

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

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) -- A federal appeals court is poised to release nearly three dozen files in a lawsuit over an investigation into Gov. Scott Walker's 2012 recall campaign and a host of conservative groups.

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

U.S. District Judge Rudolph Randa has halted the probe after Wisconsin Club for Growth alleged in a lawsuit that the investigation violates the conservative groups' rights. The prosecutors have asked the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals to review Randa's decision.

The court plans to release 34 electronic files of sealed documents in the case on Tuesday unless someone files a motion seeking to keep the records secret.


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