“State high court to take up Doe cases centered on Walker’s campaign”

Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel:

The state Supreme Court on Tuesday accepted three cases stemming from a long-running John Doe investigation of fundraising and spending by Gov. Scott Walker’s campaign and conservative groups backing him.

The court was unanimous in agreeing to take the cases, but Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson and Justice David Prosser wrote separately to say they did not want to combine the cases.

I have never seen an appellate briefing order as complex as this one. Perhaps for this reason Justice Prosser and Chief Justice Abrahamson, usually at odds, were aligned in expressing doubts about consolidating five John Doe related cases for purposes of briefing and oral argument.

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