UNDATED (WSAU-Wheeler News) 34 more files will be made public this month from the John Doe investigation into the recall elections of Governor Scott Walker and G-O-P state senators. The federal appeals court in Chicago said yesterday it would release 34 electronic files two weeks from today, barring last-minute motions to keep them secret. The release is connected with a federal lawsuit from the Wisconsin Club for Growth, which sought to halt the two-year-old John Doe probe while alleging that prosecutors were violating the group's free speech rights.
Milwaukee Federal Judge Rudolph Randa agreed in May, and halted the John Doe. Prosecutors appealed. Last Friday, they again claimed that they were immune from the lawsuit, and therefore the probe should resume. Randa rejected the immunity argument earlier.
A number of files from the John Doe were released a few weeks ago. They included a prosecutor's theory that Walker and top Republicans illegally coordinated the 2011-and-'12 recall elections with the help of a dozen outside groups.
Walker denies any wrongdoing.