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Investigation into Gov. Walker's former aides closes


MILWAUKEE (WKOW) -- Governor Scott Walker issued a statement Friday morning regarding the closure of the John Doe investigation.

Walker states, "I am glad the process has been completed.  As many may remember, this entire matter began when we asked the District Attorney to look into concerns we had with respect to Operation Freedom.  We appreciate the effort that was undertaken and to bring appropriate matters to justice."

Late last week, a Milwaukee County judge signed an order closing the case, meaning no further charges will be coming.

Among those charged were three former aides to Walker, when he served as Milwaukee County Executive.


MILWAUKEE (WKOW) -- The Honorable Neal Nettesheim signed an Order Thursday, February 21st closing the John Doe investigation, in which charges were brought against six individuals.

Among the individuals charged were three former Milwaukee County Executive employees, who were aides to Scott Walker at the time.

The Milwaukee County District Attorney's office examined misconduct related issues ranging from campaign finance fraud to embezzlement.  The investigation is now complete and closed, a confirmation that Governor Walker will not be charged in the case.

A John Doe proceeding is a secret investigation, intended to prevent the public disclosure of allegations not well-supported by evidence.  Information developed is then made public only in the context of criminal charges and in the proceedings following such charges.

John Chisholm, Milwaukee County District Attorney, says after a review of the John Doe investigation, his office is satisfied that all charges that are supported by proof beyond a reasonable doubt have now been brought and concluded. 

Last week, the District Attorney's Office petitioned for and was granted the closure of the John Doe investigation by Judge Nettesheim.

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