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NEW INFORMATION: Judge declines to unseal more Walker probe records

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A federal judge has rejected a request by five media groups to unseal the entire record in a lawsuit filed by Wisconsin Club for Growth against prosecutors investigating the conservative group, Gov. Scott Walker's campaign and others.

U.S. District Judge Rudolph Randa ruled Thursday against the media coalition, saying releasing the documents would subject those involved to "unwanted public scrutiny."

Randa's order came hours after a 7th Circuit Appeals Court judge made public more than 250 pages of material in the case after prosecutors and Wisconsin Club for Growth did not object.

Two unnamed people objected to the release of those documents and the entire record. Randa ordered them to work with both prosecutors and Wisconsin Club for Growth to determine within two weeks which records should remain secret.
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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Newly released documents show prosecutors believe Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker was at the center of a nationwide "criminal scheme" to illegally coordinate fundraising with outside conservative groups.

No charges have been filed against Walker or any member of his staff. The documents became public Thursday as part of an ongoing lawsuit challenging the investigation by the conservative group Wisconsin Club for Growth.

One of the filings from prosecutors outlines previously unknown details about the investigation that began in 2012 as Walker was facing a recall election.

Prosecutors say Walker, his chief of staff and others who worked for him were discussing illegal coordination with a number of national groups and prominent figures, including GOP strategist Karl Rove.
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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A federal appeals court has released unedited copies of 266 pages of previously redacted documents filed in the investigation into whether conservative groups illegally coordinated with Gov. Scott Walker's campaign.

Seventh U.S. Circuit Court Judge Frank Easterbrook on Thursday denied a motion from two unnamed people to block the release of the documents. An attorney for one of those unnamed people declined comment.

They had argued making the documents public could reveal their identity, their "private papers" and invade their privacy.

The documents consist of legal filings made by prosecutors and Wisconsin Club for Growth in the federal lawsuit filed over the legality of the investigation.

A federal judge has temporarily put the investigation on hold, a move prosecutors are fighting.


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