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Attorney: "Enormously embarrassing" ruling for John Doe prosecutors

MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - An attorney for a conservative group said it was "enormously embarrassing" to prosecutors to have a judge halt their John Doe probe into recall campaign activities.  

For the second time in three days, Milwaukee Federal Judge Rudolph Randa today ordered a halt to the nearly two-year-old John Doe investigation.

Randa said prosecutors filed a frivolous appeal to his previous ruling that the state was not immune from being sued -- and he struck down that appeal, so the John Doe was halted again.

The state Justice Department and prosecutors did not immediately comment on Thursday's development.  

Randa initially halted the probe on Tuesday, saying one of the targets of the investigation -- the Wisconsin Club for Growth -- had its rights to free speech violated.

The Doe probe centers on alleged illegal coordination between outside groups and GOP candidates in the 2011 and '12 recall elections, including Governor Scott Walker.  

Plaintiff's attorney David Rivkin said he would now seek sworn testimony from prosecutors, to be used in a full blown appeal which the state is expected to seek to keep the John Doe going.  

Critics say the Doe is meant to embarrass Walker as he runs for re-election this fall, and perhaps for president in 2016.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)