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Prosecutor asks for justice recusal in Walker case

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The prosecutor leading a secret probe into whether Gov. Scott Walker’s recall campaign illegally coordinated with conservative groups wants at least one state Supreme Court justice to step out of considering lawsuits challenging the investigation.

A brief note in online court records show Francis Schmitz filed a motion with the court Thursday asking at least one justice and possibly more to recuse themselves.

Schmitz cites court rules that require justices to avoid the appearance of impropriety and to decide cases impartially. The note doesn’t offer any further details. The motion and an accompanying affidavit were sealed.

The investigation has been on hold as the high court ponders two legal challenges to the investigation’s validity and prosecutors’ request to reinstate quashed subpoenas. Oral arguments are set for April.

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