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Two unnamed parties want advanced notice, secrecy in John Doe record releases

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

MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - Two unnamed parties have asked Federal Judge Rudolph Randa to keep their names secret if he releases any more documents related to the Walker John Doe probe.

Lawyers for the two parties also asked Randa to notify them in advance before any more records are unsealed.

The parties had objected to the release of about 250 pages of previous John Doe records -- but they were unsealed anyway. The parties cited news coverage of last week's releases, in which a prosecutor mentioned a "criminal scheme" that supposedly placed Governor Scott Walker at the center of an effort to have outside conservative groups coordinate election campaigns of GOP recall targets.  

Thursday, a lawyer for the special prosecutor called that allegation a theory, and that Walker was not even a target of the probe. The unnamed parties who want to keep the case under wraps said many others named in last week's record release had their names bandied about as if were guilty of something -- by association if nothing else.

Five media groups have asked that all the records in the John Doe be made public.

Randa gave both sides two weeks to determine which records should remain secret. The attorneys said the review was taking place but they said "the risk of unsealing is more urgent."

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)

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