Walker Says He Hopes State Supreme Court Will Put John Doe Probe To Rest

Court Will Consider 3 Challenges To Probe On First Amendment Grounds

Gov. Scott Walker addressing soldiers in the Wisconsin Army National Guard on Tuesday. Photo: Wisconsin National Guard (CC-BY-NC-ND).

Gov. Scott Walker said he hopes the state Supreme Court’s decision to take up the stalled John Doe investigation into his recall election campaign activity will finally put the matter to rest.

The court announced on Tuesday that it will consider three lawsuits challenging the probe that investigated coordination between the Walker campaign and several conservative groups during the 2012 recall election.

Walker said he hopes the court will follow the lead of Judge Gregory Petersen, who halted the investigations early this year.

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“My hope is that they’ll affirm the logic that he laid out there that said this was an overreach and there wasn’t a basis for going forward and that this will be concluded,” he said.

Meanwhile, the liberal group One Wisconsin Now has called on four of the high court justices to recuse themselves from the case, since some of the groups the probe targeted contributed to their election campaigns.

The court could rule on the legality of the investigations by early this summer.