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Legal briefs filed on both sides of effort to stop John Doe probe

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Attorneys have filed legal briefs for and against the latest effort to halt a John Doe investigation into the state's recall election campaigns from 2011 and '12.  

Three unnamed petitioners are trying to stop prosecutors from taking secret testimony about the allegations in the case.

Special interest groups are suspected of illegally coordinating their campaigns with those of GOP candidates in the recall votes -- including Republican Governor Scott Walker.

The Fourth District Appellate Court in Madison recently declined to halt the probe, but it asked the special prosecutor and the judges in the John Doe to file responses. They did so this month, with the state Justice Department representing the judges.  

The filings are sealed, but the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says parts of the documents could be made public if the courts find that they don't interfere with the ongoing John Doe.  

Walker recently said that he encouraged those who wanted to help him in the 2012 recall vote to work directly with his campaign, and not with outside groups. That's because he had no limits on campaign fundraising for the recall vote, unlike other elections.   

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)