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Gov. Walker hopes John Doe probe will end this week


MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Governor Scott Walker told a dairy industry group that he hoped the John Doe probe into his former Milwaukee County aides would end this week.

An audience member asked the Republican governor about the John Doe, at a meeting Tuesday of the Dairy Business Association in Madison.

Of the charges originally issued, the only case still unresolved is that of Tim Russell, a deputy chief of staff for Walker in the Milwaukee County Executive’s office. He struck a plea deal with prosecutors, and he’s expected to enter pleas on Thursday to charges that he embezzled $20,000 from a program that salutes veterans – plus campaign money for two Milwaukee County Board candidates.

Walker told reporters after the dairy meeting that wasn’t certain whether the John Doe probe would wrap up after Russell’s plea hearing – but he said there seemed to be growing sentiment that the probe was coming to an end.

Prosecutor Bruce Landgraf would not comment on that.

Former Milwaukee County veterans’ service commissioner Kevin Kavanaugh is scheduled to be sentenced December 7th for embezzling over $40,000 from the same veterans’ program.

Ex-Walker aides Kelly Rindfleisch and Darlene Wink were convicted of illegally campaigning on county time.