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Tue Jun 26, 2012, 01:32 PM

FBI/John Doe Investigation Update: Prosecution reveals press leaks from defense lawyers and other


New court filings in Milwaukee County’s John Doe probe involving former aides to Scott Walker suggest press leaks came from defense lawyers and reveal other new details of the long-running investigation.

Tim Russell, a former top aide Walker charged with embezzlement, initiated plea deal negotiations on April 8, but those talks ended abruptly after Russell authorized his lawyer to release information related to the probe.

“Settlement is presently unlikely,” Milwaukee Co Asst. DA Bruce Landgraf says of the negotiations in court motions filed yesterday.

Russell’s criminal defense lawyer, Dennis Krueger, released John Doe documents that suggested Walker’s county exec administration wasn’t fully cooperating in the investigation into the theft of money from Operation Freedom, a fund that was to pay for a veteran appreciation event. Walker had said his staff had reported the missing money and that he had fully cooperated with the probe.

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