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Attorneys want stay of secret investigation

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Two attorneys have filed motions seeking to stay a secret investigation that’s going on in five counties.

Online court records don’t say what the investigation involves. But the filings name Eau Clare County reserve Judge Gregory Peterson and Francis Schmitz as respondents.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported Tuesday that Peterson is overseeing an investigation that is reportedly focused on Gov. Scott Walker’s campaign and conservative groups. Schmitz is working on that probe as a special prosecutor.

Attorneys Dean Strang and Matthew O’Neill filed motions with the state appeals court on behalf of three unnamed petitioners seeking to stay a so-called John Doe probe in Milwaukee, Iowa, Dodge, Dane and Columbia counties. The attorneys also have filed a motion to seal their requests.

Neither attorney immediately returned messages.

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