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Report: Taxpayers spending $150,000 in legal fees for second John Doe probe

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Taxpayers will spend up to $150,000 to have private lawyers represent prosecutors who are being sued to try and stop a John Doe probe.

The Journal Sentinel said Governor Scott Walker approved the hiring of Milwaukee attorneys Randall Crocker and Samuel Lieb. They'll represent special prosecutor Francis Schmitz, Milwaukee DA John Chisholm, and two of Chisholm's assistants.

The Wisconsin Club for Growth has sued those officials and others, saying the John Doe violates their federal rights to free speech and equal protection.

Media reports have said the investigation is looking into whether the Club for Growth and other conservative groups illegally coordinated with Republican candidates in the 2011 and '12 state recall elections.

The State Justice Department would normally represent the prosecutors, but the agency declined in this case because it's representing the judge in the John Doe, Gregory Peterson.

The Journal Sentinel says the law firms for Crocker and Lieb will each get $175 an hour, with limits of $75,000 to each firm.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)