Scott Walker signs bill ending John Doe investigations into political misconduct

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Governor Scott Walker

MADISON — Gov. Scott Walker has signed into law a bill that does away with secret John Doe investigations into political misconduct.

Walker signed the bill Friday.

Walker has been involved in two John Doe investigations, neither of which resulted in him being charged. The most recent probe involved Walker’s recall campaign and conservative groups. The state Supreme Court ended the investigation in July, saying there was nothing unconstitutional about the campaign coordination.

The Republican-controlled Legislature passed the bill doing away with John Does for any kind of political misconduct, including bribes, theft and campaign finance violations. They could still be used for violent felonies and some drug crimes.

John Does are like a grand jury, but are done before a judge. Witnesses are under gag orders, and prosecutors can compel people to testify.

2 comments

  • bds

    Come on. Where are all the defenders of military style raids on people that have an opposing view? Or do the Democrats reading this actually recognize abuse of power when they see it and agree this was never the intention of John Doe investigations? You know full well you guys would be screaming bloody murder if the roles were reversed. And believe it or not, I’d be backing you. There’s no excuse for bashing in people’s doors, taking whatever they wanted, and telling them they can’t tell anybody, including their lawyers. It doesn’t get any more un-American than that. And that’s exactly what you are if you support this behavior.

    • Justin O'Rorke

      It doesn’t matter which party you support. Personally, I think you’re a fool if you support one or the other, but that’s besides the point. The point is that Jon Doe investigations never turned up anything anyways. So the fact of the matter is that he’s just getting rid of stupid bills. So long as politicians remain in power, they will do whatever they can to remain in power; laws be damned.

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