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Lawyers File Motions to Halt Second John Doe Probe

Two attorneys have filed motions seeking to stay a secret investigation that's going on in five counties. 

The filings name Eau Claire County Reserve Judge Gregory Peterson and Francis Schmitz as respondents. 

Judge Peterson is reportedly overseeing an investigation focused on Gov. Scott Walker's recall campaign and conservative groups.  Schmitz is working on the probe as a special prosecutor.

Attorneys Dean Strang and Matthew O'Neill filed motions with the state appeals court Tuesday, on behalf of three unnamed petitioners, seeking to stop a John Doe investigation in Milwaukee, Iowa, Dodge, Dane and Columbia County.

The attorneys have also filed a motion to seal their requests.