U.S. Supreme Court could announce decision on hearing John Doe case in October


A massive amount of newly leaked emails from The Guardian showed exactly how much large, corporate Dark Money is tied to Gov. Scott Walker, his success in Wisconsin politics and specifically in his 2012 recall campaign.

A criminal investigation was launched into possible campaign finance violations, called a “John Doe” inquiry, but was stopped by the Wisconsin Supreme Court and his Republican allies on the court.

But Milwaukee District Attorney John Chisholm, Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne and Iowa County District Attorney took the case to the U.S. Supreme Court.

A decision to hear the case by the U.S. Supreme Court could come as early as Oct. 3.

The Cap Times reports:

The high court is scheduled to have a long conference in late September to review petitions. It could announce by Oct. 3 if it will take the case, but there is no guarantee of when exactly a decision will be made, saidRick Hasen, a professor at the University of California Irvine School of Law, who tracks campaign finance laws nationwide and writes theElection Law Blog.

“Sometimes a justice wants more time to consider a case, or is writing a dissent or a statement, and the case is put over to one or more subsequent conferences,” he said.

The U.S. Supreme Court takes a small fraction of cases that make requests to be heard each year. It considers several factors when deciding whether to take a case, outlined in its Rule 10. It can take a few months or more than a year for the court to determine whether to take a case.

Hasen said it is not clear whether the newly leaked Doe documents published in the Guardian U.S. on Wednesday will make a difference in the justices’ deliberations, noting that they already have access to un-redacted petition, seeing summaries of evidence unavailable to the public.

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