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John Doe investigation

Dec 8, 2015

Schimel calls for prosecutor to drop John Doe II

Attorney General Brad Schimel released a statement Tuesday calling on the special prosecutor who had been the lead in a now-halted John Doe investigation to not try to take the probe before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Dec 7, 2015

High court gives DAs deadline in John Doe case

The Wisconsin Supreme Court has issued an order giving the district attorneys involved in the now-defunct John Doe investigation of Gov. Scott Walker's campaign a deadline for intervening in the case.

Dec 2, 2015

Supreme Court won’t restart probe of Walker recall campaign (UPDATE)

The Wisconsin Supreme Court has decided not to reconsider its shut down of a secret inquiry into Gov. Scott Walker’s campaign finances and clarified its early decision, removing the investigation’s special prosecutor.

Nov 19, 2015

State costs for John Doe lawsuits top $1.2 million (UPDATE)

The Wisconsin Department of Administration says taxpayer costs for private lawyers defending state officials from lawsuits stemming from a secret investigation into Gov. Scott Walker's recall campaign have topped $1.2 million.

Nov 2, 2015

Elections board says new John Doe law moots lawsuit claim (UPDATE)

The state's elections board is asking a judge to dismiss as no longer relevant one of the claims that Wisconsin Club for Growth made against it in a lawsuit related to the investigation into Gov. Scott Walker.

Oct 25, 2015

Prosecutors can chase political misconduct without John Doe

A new Wisconsin law limiting secret John Doe probes doesn't mean prosecutors' days of pursuing political corruption are over. But their remaining tools have limitations that may make it more difficult, especially in complex cases, legal experts say.

Oct 23, 2015

Changes to John Doe law could affect crime victims

While much of the attention on changes to a Wisconsin law that allows secret investigations have focused on how the bill excludes, among other crimes, misconduct in public office, they also could have an effect on a less obvious player in the proceedings — crime victims.

Oct 23, 2015

Walker signs bill ending Doe political investigations

Gov. Scott Walker, who has been involved in two secret John Doe investigations, signed a bill Friday doing away with the probes into political misconduct.

Oct 23, 2015

Walker says he’ll sign bill banning ‘John Doe’ probes

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says he'll sign legislation banning so-called John Doe investigations into potential political corruption, a measure that passed the Legislature this week.

Oct 21, 2015

Assembly sends bill ending secret investigations to Walker

Republican legislators have nearly finished their drive to scale back secret John Doe investigations, moving within one vote of sending to Gov. Scott Walker a bill barring prosecutors from using the process to probe political misconduct.

Oct 20, 2015

Legislature poised to approve changes to John Doe law

Both the state Assembly and Legislature are set to approve bills that would make changes to a law that allows prosecutors to conduct secret investigations.

Oct 20, 2015

Election board member: Speed of rewrite bill ‘mind-boggling’

A member of Wisconsin's embattled nonpartisan elections board said Tuesday it is "mind-boggling" that Republicans who control the Legislature are moving so quickly to pass a rewrite of the state's complex campaign finance laws.


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