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Two unknown parties want John Doe documents to remain secret

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Two undisclosed plaintiffs have asked a federal appeals court to cancel a scheduled release of 34 documents Tuesday, concerning the John Doe probe into the state's recall elections.

The plaintiffs say the documents include 4 affidavits with numerous names and addresses of people who were searched and-or subpoenaed in the Doe probe.

The two parties say the 7th Circuit Appellate Court should respect the secrecy of the John Doe process -- in which prosecutors can gather evidence behind closed doors to help them decide whether to file charges.

Prosecutors in the current Doe probe say the need for secrecy has essentially been eliminated, after a federal judge temporarily halted the investigation. The Wisconsin Club for Growth had argued that its free speech rights were violated by the probe.

It was looking into alleged illegal campaign coordination between Governor Scott Walker, other GOP recall candidates, and a dozen outside conservative groups in 2011 and '12.

The Republican Walker insists he has done nothing wrong.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)

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