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Reports: Gov. Scott Walker may cut deal to end John Doe probe

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - At least two media reports say Governor Scott Walker is trying to broker a deal that would end the John Doe probe into his and other recall elections.  

An editorial in the Wall Street Journal first reported the development Wednesday morning. It said an attorney for the Republican Walker has been negotiating with special prosecutor Francis Schmitz on a settlement.  

The Associated Press said a source confirmed it.  

The John Doe began in mid-2012, looking into alleged illegal campaign coordination between outside groups, Walker, and other GOP recall candidates.  

Federal Judge Rudolph Randa halted the probe twice this month, saying it violates the free speech rights of one of the targets -- the conservative Wisconsin Club for Growth. Prosecutors are appealing.  

Democrats have been trying to make as much political hay as they can from the investigation, as Walker faces a strong challenge from Democrat Mary Burke in his next election in just over five months.  

Two years ago, Walker's recall campaign was dogged by another John Doe, in which six of his former aides and associates in the Milwaukee County executive's office were convicted of crimes ranging from embezzlement to illegal campaigning.  

Walker defeated Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett by seven percentage points in that contest. The latest Marquette poll shows him tied with Burke.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)