'Nah': Supreme Court on maybe reopening the Walker investigation

The "John Doe investigations" date back years, and dove into whether the Walker campaign violated finance laws.
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The investigation into Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's campaign dealings will not be reopened.

That's after the U.S. Supreme Court Monday opted not to hear the case, denying a "writ of certiorari" – a request that the Supreme Court get all the documents and information about the case from lower courts, so the decision can be reviewed.

The "John Doe investigations" date back years, and dove into whether the Walker campaign violated finance laws. They led to the conviction of six Walker aides, associates or appointees.

The second case was halted back in 2014, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel explains, after a judge ruled the Walker campaign's activities weren't illegal and stopped the investigation.

The state Supreme Court upheld that ruling.

But John Chisholm, district attorney for Milwaukee County, petitioned to the U.S. Supreme Court to reignite things – that request was what the court denied Monday.

Walker, in a statement obtained by the Wisconsin State Journal, applauded the decision and called the case "without merit."

The decisions comes just a few weeks after the Guardian newspaper published a lengthy expose into the contents of prosecutors' case against Walker. The documents highlight the links between Walker’s campaign and major corporations, specifically coordination with the Wisconsin Club for Growth.

Walker won a recall election in 2012, during the time the most recent investigation focused on.

The Journal Sentinel has a lengthy write-up on the U.S. Supreme Court's decision, if you want more details – read that here.

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