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Federal judge rejects John Doe document release

MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - Multiple media reports now say that a federal judge has not approved the release of over 100 documents related to the John Doe probe into the state's recall campaigns.  

The Associated Press and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel both clarified Thursday morning that Judge Rudolph Randa has not signed an order to unseal records in the case.  

An earlier media report stated that Randa issued the order Wednesday night -- after prosecutors asked the judge to unseal records in a federal civil rights lawsuit.  

The Wisconsin Club for Growth filed the suit, alleging that prosecutors violated free speech rights by forcing the group to remain silent during this key election year. Prosecutors have been seeking evidence of alleged illegal coordination between outside groups, the Walker campaign, and other Republican candidates in the state's recall elections in 2011 and '12.  

The Journal Sentinel said two prosecutors filed requests Wednesday with the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago, asking that the John Doe be re-instated -- and that Randa not issue any other orders when their appeals are being considered.  

Randa twice shut down the Doe probe last week.  

Prosecutors agreed with media groups that records in the case should be made public, saying that the main points of the probe have already come out.  

The Club for Growth agreed that most -- but not all -- of the documents in its case should be made public. But again, that has not actually happened yet.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)