Wisconsin Governor Walker signs bill restricting secret investigations

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker speaks to a reporter before a sunset cruise with the Belknap County Republicans in LaconiaWisconsin Republican Governor Scott Walker on Friday signed a bill into law that prohibits prosecutors from using the state’s secret investigation law to probe political crimes – a measure used to convict four of his aides and investigate his campaign. In Wisconsin, prosecutors can use a so called “John Doe” proceeding law to call witnesses, request search warrants and offer immunity without probable cause that a crime has been committed. Under the legislation Walker signed, prosecutors can no longer use the law to investigate cases of bribery or political misconduct.

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