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John Doe investigation halted for second time this week

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MADISON (WKOW) -- The John Doe investigation into illegal coordination between conservative issue groups and Republican campaigns during the 2012 recall elections has been halted for the second day in a row by a federal judge.

On Thursday, U.S. District Judge Rudolph Randa issued an order in a separate case that allows for his previous order halting the probe to be effective.

On Wednesday, a federal appeals court said Randa's original ruling on Tuesday to stop the investigation was in error because he had yet to rule on whether a separate appeal by prosecutors was frivolous.

Randa said Thursday that appeal was indeed frivolous, which reinstates his preliminary injunction halting the probe.

The Journal Sentinel reports that during Randa's first injunction, prosecutors were told to return material they had seized from conservative groups and destroy their copies of it. 

The appeals court found he couldn't issue such a sweeping order in the early stages of the case, and Randa's latest order does not include that provision. 

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