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Walker calls for state Supreme Court review of John Doe probe


UNDATED (WSAU-Wheeler News)   Governor Scott Walker's campaign wants the State Supreme Court to decide whether prosecutors should have been allowed to subpoena evidence in the John Doe probe into the recall elections. The judge overseeing the John Doe, Greg Peterson, quashed the subpoenas in January -- and prosecutors have asked an appeals court to put them back into effect.

Yesterday Walker campaign attorney Steve Biskupic asked that the case be removed from the appellate court, so the Supreme Court justices can decide it themselves. The John Doe probe is looking alleged illegal campaign activities between candidates and outside groups in the state's recall elections in 2011-and-'12. That includes the recall bid against Walker, who became the first U-S governor to survive such a challenge.

In quashing the state's subpoenas, Judge Peterson said prosecutors did not show probable-cause that the targets of the John Doe had violated campaign finance laws.