GOP lawmakers consider ‘John Doe’ law changes

GOP lawmakers consider ‘John Doe’ law changes

Republican lawmakers are considering changes to Wisconsin’s “John Doe” law after two lengthy investigations into Gov. Scott Walker’s campaign.

State Rep. David Craig is leading the effort to write a bill that he says would provide “additional layers of judicial review so we don’t have prosecutions run amok.”

Craig tells the Wisconsin State Journal he worries about whether the process adequately protects citizens’ rights to due process, privacy and free speech and against unreasonable searches and seizures.

Wisconsin’s law lays out an often-secretive process in which a prosecutor, supervised by a judge, investigates whether a crime has been committed and if so, by whom.

Prosecutors say John Doe investigations are a valuable mechanism for collecting evidence and compelling testimony when witnesses are reluctant or suspects uncertain.