NEW INFORMATION: Legal wrangling continues over Gov. Walker probe

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A convoluted legal fight over an investigation that has dogged Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker for years shows no signs of ending soon.

Walker scored a pair of legal wins this week, but the court fight continues and could stretch into the fall and beyond.

The first-term Republican is running for re-election against Democrat Mary Burke, a former Trek Bicycle Corp. executive. He also is considering a run for president in 2016.

Investigators for nearly two years have been looking into possibly illegal campaign fundraising and coordination involving Walker's 2012 recall campaign and conservative groups. A federal judge twice this week order the probe stopped, saying it violated free-speech rights.

Prosecutors were appealing, keeping the case alive even as Walker says he's not being distracted by it.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The investigation into Gov. Scott Walker's 2012 recall campaign and conservative groups that supported him has been halted for the second time in as many days by a federal judge.

U.S. District Judge Rudolph Randa on Thursday issued an order in a separate case that allows for his previous order halting the probe to be effective.

A federal appeals court on Wednesday had said Randa's original order Tuesday stopping the investigation was in error because he had yet to rule on whether a separate appeal by prosecutors was frivolous.

Randa said Thursday that the appeal, which was to his ruling that prosecutors are not immune from being sued by Wisconsin Club for Growth, was indeed frivolous. That reinstates his preliminary injunction halting the probe.

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