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Report: Judge with scant ties to John Doe probe signed Walker recall petition

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - A western Wisconsin judge with a shirt-tail connection to the latest John Doe Walker investigation signed the recall petition against the governor in 2012. 

James Duvall of Alma, the chief judge in the state's Seventh Judicial District, was among the defendants listed when three unnamed plaintiffs tried halting the John Doe probe. 

A state appellate court ruled Friday that the investigation will continue. 

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel said Duvall was the only judge listed by the plaintiffs to sign the recall petitions against Walker -- but the paper said Duvall's involvement may be nothing except for the position he holds. 

Duvall is not commenting. He's a circuit judge for Buffalo and Pepin counties. 

The John Doe probe is reportedly determining whether conservative groups illegally coordinated their efforts with the candidates in the gubernatorial and Senate recall contests in both 2011 and 2012. 

The Journal Sentinel said there are investigations in Milwaukee, Dane, Dodge, Columbia, and Iowa counties. 29 circuit judges throughout Wisconsin signed the Walker recall petitions. 

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