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Prosecutors: Conservative group misrepresenting John Doe document request

MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - Prosecutors say a conservative group is misrepresenting its stated desire to let the public know the details of the John Doe probe into the state's recall elections.  

In a court filing, the Milwaukee County district attorney's office responded to the Wisconsin Club for Growth's request to keep all or part of nine documents sealed. The documents are part of the group's lawsuit which said that prosecutors were violating the group's civil rights.  

The John Doe investigation is currently halted on the order of Federal Judge Rudolph Randa.

Earlier this week, prosecutors asked Randa to unseal the entire court file in the group's lawsuit -- because there's not much about it that's secret anymore. The Club for Growth said it was okay, as long as it could keep sealing records about its internal operations.  

Attorney Samuel Leib, representing the DA's office, said the club's selection of documents "could not have been more surgical in preventing the public from understanding this lawsuit."  

In the John Doe, prosecutors are secretly gathering evidence in an effort to show illegal coordination between outside groups, Governor Scott Walker's campaign, and other Republican lawmakers in the recall elections of 2011 and '12.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)

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