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Some John Doe records to be released today

UNDATED (WSAU-Wheeler News)  We could soon learn a little more about a Milwaukee County administration in which six former associates of now-Governor Scott Walker were convicted. Yesterday Reserve Judge Neal Nettesheim ordered that public records seized in a now-closed John Doe probe be released to Milwaukee County. That's where reporters and others can ask for those documents under the state Open Records Law.

The Journal Sentinel says there could be tens-of-thousands of unreleased records, including e-mails from a secret account set up to avoid disclosures of illegal political campaigning during county work hours. The six convicted aides all had ties to Walker when he was the Milwaukee County Executive. They were convicted on charges that included embezzlement and illegal campaigning. The newspaper pushed to have the sealed records turned over to the county. A spokesman for Executive Chris Abele says they'll release any documents that can legally go out, after private information is blacked out.

Earlier, 27,000 pages of county e-mails got out as part of an appeal of one of the convictions. Among other things, they dealt with county management issues, and racist jokes shared by former staffers.

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