UPDATE: May 8, 2014:
U.S. District Judge Rudolph Randa today issued an order in a separate case that allows for his previous order halting the John Doe probe to be effective.
A federal appeals court on Wednesday had said Randa's original order Tuesday stopping the investigation was in error because he had yet to rule on whether a separate appeal by prosecutors was frivolous.
Randa today said that the appeal was indeed frivolous. That reinstates his preliminary injunction halting the probe.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) _ A federal appeals court has put on hold a judge's ruling that delivered a major victory to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.
The ruling Tuesday halted a secret investigation into Walker's 2012 recall campaign and conservative groups that supported him. Prosecutors appealed that ruling Wednesday morning, and less than eight hours later the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago granted a stay.
The appeals court says U.S. District Judge Rudolph Randa in Milwaukee should not have entered the preliminary injunction because the prosecutors had filed an appeal of an earlier decision that they were not immune from being sued.
The case against prosecutors was brought by the conservative group Wisconsin Club for Growth. The case has shadowed Walker as he runs for re-election and eyes a run for president.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) _ Wisconsin prosecutors have appealed a federal judge's decision to halt the investigation into Gov. Scott Walker's 2012 recall campaign and conservative groups that supported him.
U.S. District Judge Rudolph T. Randa issued a preliminary injunction Tuesday blocking the probe into whether Walker's campaign illegally coordinated with those groups about the spending. Randa also ordered prosecutors to destroy all their evidence.
Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm asked the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago to stay the injunction on Wednesday.
Chisholm argued that the order to destroy evidence conflicts is premature and Randa ignored a request for a hearing.
MILWAUKEE (AP) _ A federal judge has blocked a secret investigation into possible illegal coordination between conservative groups and recent recall campaigns in Wisconsin.
U.S. District Judge Rudolph Randa issued the preliminary injunction Tuesday.
The conservative organization Club for Growth filed a federal lawsuit in February, arguing the probe amounts to harassment and violates conservatives' free speech rights.
Randa agreed and ordered the prosecutors to stop conducting the so-called John Doe investigation. The judge also ordered the prosecutors to return all property seized in the investigation and to destroy all copies of information obtained in the probe.
Club for Growth lead attorney David Rivkin says the decision will help begin restoring the group's constitutionally protected rights.
Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm did not immediately respond to an email for comment Tuesday night.