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Special prosecutor tries to clarify recent John Doe document statements

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - The special prosecutor in the latest Walker John Doe probe did not mean to imply that the governor broke campaign laws during the state recall elections.

Randall Crocker, the attorney for prosecutor Francis Schmitz, issued a statement Thursday which seeks to clarify documents about the Doe probe released 8 days ago.

In those records, prosecutors laid out what they called a "criminal scheme" led by Walker's camp and two GOP operatives to coordinate his and other Republican recall campaigns with a dozen outside conservative groups.

Attorney Crocker said the documents outlined Schmitz's legal theory -- but they did not establish that a crime was committed. Crocker called it an argument to allow further investigation.

In Crocker's words -- "Mister Schmitz has made no conclusions as to whether there is sufficient evidence to charge anyone with a crime. It is wrong for any person to point to this sentence in a legal argument ... It is not such a finding."

The Republican Walker has taken news outlets to task for reaching such a conclusion, and has insisted he has done nothing wrong.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has said that Democrats tried using the John Doe to raise money to oppose Walker's re-election bid this fall.

Democratic front-runner Mary Burke's campaign put out a new TV ad Thursday criticizing Walker for slamming Burke in an ad, at the same time the John Doe records came out -- as well as the report that Wisconsin was 37th in the nation in job creation in 2013.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)