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Thursday's John Doe document release may not be the last

John Doe investigation graphic (Midwest Communications)
John Doe investigation graphic (Midwest Communications)

MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - Thursday's major release of court records might not be the last in the Walker John Doe investigation.

Milwaukee Federal Judge Rudolph Randa turned down the release of all documents connected with the probe, as sought by five media groups in Wisconsin. However, Randa ordered state prosecutors to work with one of the targets of the John Doe -- the Wisconsin Club for Growth -- and decide which documents should be kept under wraps.

The judge is giving them two weeks to get that done. Randa's order came after the release of 250 documents, in which prosecutors alleged that Governor Scott Walker and two GOP strategists headed an illegal coordination effort with a dozen conservative groups.

It reportedly sought to help the governor and Republican senators survive recall challenges against them in 2011 and '12.

Jay Heck of the watchdog group Common Cause calls it a "game changing development," although there have been no charges.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)

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