John Doe investigation

 

The Wisconsin Supreme Court has set Friday, December 18 as the date the DAs involved in the secret probe of Gov. Walker's 2012 recall campaign must to decide whether to intervene. Two of the five prosecutors have declined. Of the three who remain, all Democrats, one is Milwaukee District Attorney John Chisholm.

The Wisconsin Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to revisit its ruling, to shut down the John Doe investigation into Gov. Walker's recall campaigns.  Justices ruled 4-1.  

The court also concluded that the appointment of Francis Schmitz as special prosecutor was improper.

Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm launched the investigation  in 2012, to look into whether the governor's campaign illegally coordinated with outside conservative groups on issue ads.  

The Supreme Court halted the investigation this past July, ruling such coordination was legal.

The Wisconsin Supreme Court ordered prosecutors to destroy all the material collected, during their secret probes into Gov. Walker's 2012 recall campaign and activities of his aides while he served as Milwaukee County Executive.  Now D.A. John Chisholm and investigators are asking Federal Judge Lynn Adelman to preserve certain materials, while remnants of the cases continue. Those include a lawsuit a former Walker aide has filed against prosecutors. They claim they could need the evidence to defend themselves.

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Gov. Scott Walker signed a bill late last week, which prevents John Doe probes of lawmakers.

The probes are secret investigations conducted by prosecutors who suspect wrongdoing.

The technique was used twice to investigate dealings regarding Walker. The first looked into activities in his office when he was Milwaukee County executive. The probe turned up a variety of violations, including staff campaigning while on county time. About a half dozen of Walker's aides or associates faced criminal charges. Walker was never charged.

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It could be a long, contentious week in the Wisconsin legislature. Lawmakers are expected to take up bills that could affect them as elected politicians.

Supporters of a bill to restrict secret John Doe investigations, insist prosecutors went overboard in looking for wrongdoing surrounding Gov. Walker. So an Assembly committee advanced limits on Thursday, with all Republicans voting in favor and all Democrats against.

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The Wisconsin Supreme Court on Thursday handed Gov. Walker a major victory – just days after he officially launched his bid for President. The court effectively ended an investigation into Walker’s 2012 recall campaign. Prosecutors had been examining whether the campaign illegally coordinated activities with conservative funders such as Wisconsin Club for Growth.

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Wisconsin might change its John Doe law. John Does are secret investigations that examine whether someone has probably committed a crime.

A state Senate committee will hold a public hearing Wednesday on a measure that would significantly curb John Doe probes for political crimes.  

The Wisconsin law Judge Rudolph Randa has ordered prosecutors not to enforce, limits coordination between campaigns and third party groups.

Wednesday's decision is a defeat for Gov. Walker and several conservative groups, although a state court ruling still blocks the secret investigation.

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Lawyers arguing on both sides of the John Doe investigation were in Chicago Tuesday as prosecutors sought to restart the investigation, which was brought to a halt in May.  

Attorneys will argue Tuesday before federal appeals court. It's deciding whether prosecutors should resume or end their probe into Gov. Walker's 2012 recall race.

Most Wisconsin voters have solidified opinions of Gov. Walker, according to Christopher Murray, a political science lecturer in Washington D.C.

The 7th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals released more documents in the case on Friday, including four that were not supposed to be made public.

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