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Judge Refuses to Throw Out Lawsuit Related to John Doe Two

A federal judge in Milwaukee says a lawsuit seeking to stop a secret investigation into possible illegal coordination between conservative groups and recent recall campaigns may continue.

The conservative organization Club for Growth filed suit in February, arguing the probe amounts to harassment and violates free speech rights.

The prosecutors leading the investigation asked U.S. District Judge Rudolph Randa to dismiss the suit, arguing federal courts should stay out of the case.

The judge refused the request Tuesday, saying that key first amendment rights could be at stake in the case.

Marti was a reporter with WUWM from 1999 to 2021.