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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

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Judge OK'd broader scope for John Doe one day before 2010 election

Prosecutors sought permission the day before the 2010 gubernatorial election to expand a John Doe probe to four additional aides of then-County Exec Scott Walker, according to records released today.

The transcript of the Nov. 1, 2010, hearing shows the judge agreed to expand the scope of the ongoing investigation to add deputy chief of staff Kelly Rindfleisch, chief of staff Tom Nardelli, communication director Fran McLaughlin and Dorothy Moore, the scheduler for the county exec. Out of those four, only Rindfleisch was eventually charged.

* Read the hearing transcript Prosecutors asked for and received permission for search warrants for the county exec's offices in the courthouse, Rindfleisch's homes in West Allis and Columbia County, and her car.

The documents were collected as part of the case against Rindfleisch, who is appealing her conviction for doing campaign work from Walker's county office.

The thousands of pages released today largely underscore the contention of prosecutors that Rindfleisch was doing extensive campaign work for Brett Davis' lt. guv campaign from her county office.

Walker addressed the emails this morning before they were released, saying he has not looked at the communications, but planned to review them. He added he is "confident" the authorities that reviewed the emails have made public any correspondences they have wanted to act on.

"I don't know that there will be any great surprises beyond what [the authorities] have talked about," Walker said.


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