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Reporters want faster release of John Doe documents

MILWAUKEE (WSAU-Wheeler News)  Five media groups are appealing a federal judge's refusal to release all documents related to the John Doe probe into the state's recall elections.

Milwaukee District Judge Rudolph Randa rejected a complete unsealing of the records last month. He said it would subject those involved to "unwanted public scrutiny" -- and he ordered all parties to identify specific documents that should be made public. They're reviewing thousands of records, and Randa has extended their deadline twice to get the job done. They now have until August 7 to finalize their list.

Randa halted the John Doe probe in May, saying the probe's secrecy order violates the free-speech rights of the conservative Wisconsin Club for Growth. The probe was looking into allegations that Governor Scott Walker and other Republicans were illegally coordinating G-O-P recall campaigns with various outside conservative groups. Walker denies wrongdoing.