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May 13, 12:57 PM EDT

Wisconsin Supreme Court releases filings in 3 Walker-related cases



MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Hundreds of filings in three cases related to an investigation involving Gov. Scott Walker have been released.

The heavily blacked-out court documents were released Wednesday by the Wisconsin Supreme Court. The filings shed light on legal arguments made by those involved in the cases, but it's not immediately clear how much new information is contained.

The cases generally involve whether Walker's recall campaign and conservative groups illegally coordinated during recall elections in 2011 and 2012.

Unnamed parties have filed two lawsuits challenging the probe's validity. Prosecutors have filed another action seeking to reinstate quashed subpoenas that halted the investigation more than a year ago.

The Supreme Court is expected to rule on the cases in late June.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

The Wisconsin Supreme Court was set on Wednesday to release hundreds of pages in filings in three pending cases related to a secret investigation that has swirled around likely presidential candidate Scott Walker for years.

The court planned to make public redacted copies of legal briefs and other filings made in the cases related to the John Doe investigation into the Republican Wisconsin governor's 2012 recall campaign and more than two dozen conservative groups that supported him.

No one has been charged in the investigation that's hounded Walker, both as he ran for and won re-election last year and now as he builds for an expected run for the White House. Walker has denied any wrongdoing.

The legal battle largely centers on the type of political activity conducted by Wisconsin Club for Growth and other conservative groups during Walker's recall and recalls targeting state senators in 2011 and 2012.

At issue is whether the groups were bound to follow state laws that bar coordination with candidates, require disclosure of political donations and place limits on how much money can be collected.

In previous court filings, prosecutors have said Walker was part of a "criminal scheme" to skirt campaign laws and raise large amounts of money from donors for Wisconsin Club for Growth. However, an attorney for one of the prosecutors has said that Walker was not a target of the investigation.

Wisconsin Club for Growth has argued that the law does not prohibit politicians, including Walker, from raising money for issue-based advocacy groups that don't expressly advocate for the election of a certain candidate. The conservative group has also argued that investigation was partisan-motivated and a violation of its free-speech rights.

Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm, a Democrat, started the investigation in 2012. The special investigator is a Republican and the four district attorneys who assisted are two Republicans and two Democrats.

The investigation had been on hold for more than a year when a judge overseeing it determined that the activities in question were not illegal. The state Supreme Court's decision could end the investigation for good.

The court, controlled by conservative justices, was expected to release its ruling in late June, around the time Walker is expected to launch his presidential campaign.

There are three cases pending before the Supreme Court.

Unnamed parties have filed two lawsuits challenging the probe's validity. Prosecutors have filed another action seeking to reinstate quashed subpoenas that halted the investigation more than a year ago.

The Supreme Court did not hold oral arguments in the cases, citing concerns over protecting information gathered during the investigation that has not yet been made public, including the names of the two people challenging the legality of the investigation. It is unclear how much of what is to be released Wednesday will be new information.

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