Supreme Court won’t hear John Doe case


What began in 2010 as the first John Doe investigation, led to the convictions of six of Governor Walkers aides, associates or appointees. Then the second John Doe investigation started in 2012, took it a step further, looking into the coordination between Gov. Walker and conservative groups, known as “dark money” groups who benefited from Walker’s recall election and subsequent political decisions. That case is now officially over.

The U.S. Supreme Court announced today that it will not hear the case, denying several Wisconsin District Attorney’s motion for appeal, including Milwaukee County District Attorney, John Chisholm.

The investigation was stopped by the Wisconsin Supreme Court 2014.

This decision comes weeks after several documents were leaked by The Guardian, exposing Gov. Walker’s close relationship to various ‘Dark Money’ groups.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports on this breaking story:

In a terse order, the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected a request by Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm to hear an appeal that stopped the probe last year. That ends the long-running investigation.

The order comes soon after documents were leaked that show the extent to which the Republican governor and his aides worked closely with a supposedly independent group on recall elections. The documents include details about large donations from those who benefitted from laws approved by Walker and GOP lawmakers.

Last year, the Wisconsin Supreme Court ended the investigation, finding nothing illegal occurred. Chisholm and two other Democratic district attorneys asked the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse at least part of the ruling in hopes of restarting an investigation that had been stalled for more than two years.

For more on this breaking story, visit Milwaukee Journal Sentinel