US Supreme Court rejects John Doe appeal
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected an appeal by three Democratic district attorneys seeking to revive a criminal investigation into Gov. Scott Walker’s recall campaign — effectively ending the legal wrangling over the four-year-old probe.
The decision marks a major victory for Walker and his Republican allies, who mounted a vigorous challenge to the secretive, so-called John Doe II investigation that involved investigators issuing dozens of subpoenas and seizing equipment and millions of documents from those under investigation.
In a statement Monday, Walker said the U.S. Supreme Court, Wisconsin Supreme Court and other judges have all reached the same conclusion — “that this investigation by prosecutors was without merit and thus must be ended.”
I have no doubt the relevant D operatives will try to end-around and back-door their defeat. But this will be the steamroller that will crush those efforts. And while they were ultimately defeated, they were partly successful: taxpayer $$ was used to cost Walker and the various orgs money and time.