Appeals court asks unnamed parties in Walker probe lawsuit to justify secrecy

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MADISON, Wisconsin — A federal appeals court is asking two unnamed parties related to an investigation into Gov. Scott Walker's 2012 recall campaign and other conservative groups to explain why they are entitled to remain anonymous.

The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday asked the unnamed parties to address that in briefs due in September.

The case involves an appeal filed by a coalition of five media groups to a federal judge's order refusing to unseal the entire record in a lawsuit filed by Wisconsin Club for Growth. That group and others were investigated by prosecutors looking at alleged campaign law violations.

U.S. District Judge Rudolph Randa ruled last month against the media coalition, saying releasing the documents would subject those involved to "unwanted public scrutiny."

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