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Release of more John Doe documents delayed

John Doe investigation graphic (Midwest Communications)
John Doe investigation graphic (Midwest Communications)

MILWAUKEE (WSAU-Wheeler News)  A federal judge is giving all sides three more weeks to decide which documents should be kept secret in the now-halted John Doe probe into the state's recall elections. The Wisconsin Club for Growth, one of the targets of the John Doe, said it needed more time to pore over thousands of documents in the case.

Judge Rudolph Randa had granted a two-week delay earlier. Yesterday he agreed to move up the deadline again -- this time to August 7. The Club for Growth, state prosecutors, and two unnamed parties have been trying to decide which documents should be made public. That's after five media groups asked for all the records to come out.

Judge Randa halted the John Doe several weeks ago, and prosecutors are still appealing that move. The two-year-old probe was looking into allegations that Governor Scott Walker and other top Republicans illegally coordinated his own recall election campaign and others with a dozen outside groups.

Walker has denied wrongdoing, and no one has been charged in the matter.

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