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Third lawsuit tied to second John Doe probe filed

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - A judge and a prosecutor have been sued for a third time in connection with a John Doe investigation into alleged campaign finance violations during the state recall elections.

Attorneys for three undisclosed plaintiffs have asked the State Supreme Court to directly consider their case, without lower courts reviewing it first.

Details of the latest suit have not been disclosed. It was put under wraps when it was filed a week ago.

An original lawsuit to halt the John Doe probe targeted five people in the separate counties where they live. Five lawsuits were also filed in this matter, but online court records give them the same case number -- which apparently means they were consolidated. That's not certain, either, since the court's decision in the matter was also sealed.

A state appellate court recently ruled that the John Doe can proceed, despite efforts to end it.

On Monday, the Wisconsin Club for Growth also filed suit, asking that the John Doe be halted.

Special prosecutor Francis Schmitz and the Doe's presiding judge, Gregory Peterson, are defendants for a third time in the case.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)