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Federal judge halts 'John Doe' investigation

MILWAUKEE (WSAU-MetroSource)   The "John Doe" investigation into conservative organizations and individuals who supported Governor Walker from his recall election in 2010 until now is coming to a screeching halt. U.S. District Judge Rudolph Randa has ordered the investigation to stop, ruling the probe is affecting the free speech rights of the conservative political action committee Wisconsin Club for Growth.

The lawsuit claimed that the investigation chilled the group's fundraising activities and unfairly blocked them from speaking out on what they termed a 'political witch-hunt'.

The preliminary injunction also stops several prosecutors and investigators from continuing their probe.

An earlier court ruling voided some of the subpeonas issued by prosectors in the case, citing a lack of probable cause.