UPDATED: Wednesday, September 24 --- 3:12 p.m.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A federal appeals court has overturned a lower court's ruling halting an investigation into Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's campaign and more than two dozen conservative groups for alleged illegal campaign activity.
The ruling Wednesday by the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago is a defeat for Walker and conservatives who argued they have done nothing wrong and the investigation is a partisan witch hunt.
Wisconsin Club for Growth and its director, Eric O'Keefe, sued in February to halt the investigation, arguing that it was a violation of their free speech rights.
A federal judge in May sided with the group, but the appeals court reversed that ruling saying the fight belongs in state courts.
The investigation remains effectively blocked, however, because of a state judge's ruling in January.
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Monday June 9, 2014
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A federal appeals court has ruled that a secret investigation into Republican Gov. Scott Walker and other conservative groups should remain on hold.
The investigation, known as a John Doe, focused on allegations of illegal coordination between conservative groups, Walker's campaign and others during recall elections in 2011 and 2012. U.S. District Judge Rudolph Randa ruled in May in a lawsuit brought by conservative group Club for Growth that the probe was a breach of free-speech rights and issued a preliminary order halting the investigation.
A three-judge panel on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Monday that Randa had the authority to issue such an order and the prosecutors don't enjoy legal immunity from the lawsuit.
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