Whatever Happened To The Probe Into John Doe Leaks to The Guardian?

By M.D. Kittle

Five months ago this week, state Attorney General Brad Schimel first publicly declared he would likely convene a grand jury to look into leaked court-sealed documents in Wisconsin's infamous John Doe investigation.

There's still nothing new to report, an official from the state Department of Justice tells MacIver News Service.

"I have no new updates for you since we last spoke. If anything changes, I will let you know," wrote Schimel spokesman Johnny Koremenos in an email response.

Koremenos said the same thing in March, three months into the investigation.

There's been little reported movement in the probe since February, when, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the DOJ seized materials from the state Ethics Commission - the successor of the the Government Accountability Board.

In December, the DOJ opened an investigation into the leak of 1,300-plus pages of John Doe-related court documents, published in September by liberal British publication, The Guardian. The printed story, picked up by mainstream publications nationally, amped up the "John Doe II" prosecutors' widely rejected investigation into alleged illegal campaign coordination between Gov. Scott Walker's campaign and conservative allies during Wisconsin's bitter recall season.

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