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Court filings show John Doe prosecutors concerned about privacy

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Prosecutors feared that publicity about the John Doe probe into the state's recall elections would taint the evidence they receive by making witnesses "less likely to be entirely candid."  

That's according to court filings made public Wednesday.  

It was first reported last fall that a number of conservative groups -- including Governor Scott Walker's campaign -- were under investigation for alleged illegal fundraising and coordination in Republican recall contests.  

Circuit Judge Rudolph Randa twice halted the probe last month, saying it violated the free speech rights of the conservative Wisconsin Club for Growth. Since then, prosecutors have said their cover was basically blown, and it asked that all documents in the John Doe be made public.  

The Club for Growth wants a number of records to remain secret. The issue is pending, along with the prosecution's appeal of the halting of the investigation.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)