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Wisconsin Supreme Court shuts down John Doe investigation, affirms First Amendment

 From Watchdog.org, By   /   July 16, 2015  –

FILE - In this July 14, 2015 file photo, Republican presidential candidate, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, speaks during a campaign event at a Harley-Davidson dealership in Las Vegas. The Wisconsin Supreme Court on Thursday ended a secret investigation into whether Republican Gov. Scott Walker's campaign illegally coordinated with conservative groups in winning his 2012 recall election. (AP Photo/John Locher)

FILE – In this July 14, 2015 file photo, Republican presidential candidate, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, speaks during a campaign event at a Harley-Davidson dealership in Las Vegas. The Wisconsin Supreme Court on Thursday ended a secret investigation into whether Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s campaign illegally coordinated with conservative groups in winning his 2012 recall election. (AP Photo/John Locher)

The Supreme Court of Wisconsin killed John Doe.

In a ruling issued Thursday morning, the high court ordered an end to a Milwaukee prosecutor’s politically motivated investigation into conservative groups that dragged on for more than three years.

Writing for the majority, Justice Michael Gableman slammed a special prosecutor’s handling of the investigation and praised the unnamed plaintiffs for pushing back against a violation of their First Amendment rights to political speech.

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