Judge's ruling once again halts Walker probe

CREATED May 8, 2014 - UPDATED: May 8, 2014

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MADISON - The back and forth in the John Doe investigation into how money was spent during the recall election was halted once again Thursday.  

Legal experts say the epic court battle will ultimately have an impact on voters. 
 
"The real question is how much speech is protected that's really the heart of the argument," said former Supreme Court Justice Janine Geske.
 
She knows a thing or two about a good legal fight when she sees one brewing with lots of questions.
 
"Who is spending the money and what is it being spent on?
 
Conservative groups that supported Governor Walker and Republicans in the recalls are asking the federal court to stop prosecutors from digging into their private records. They argue their actions are protected free speech. 
 
But Geske says transparency is also on the line."Can those organizations collaborate with a campaign and do voters have a right to know whose money is being spent?"
 
Prosecutors say that's what they are trying to find out. Lawyer Jeremy Levinson, who actively helped Democrats in the recalls, is watching the legal battle.  
 
"The basic purpose of it is to make campaign finance transparent. We want to know where would be public officials are getting the money for their campaigns," said Levinson.  
 
Governor Walker is following the case but says he's not focused on it. "From our standpoint going forward we continue to be transparent and follow the laws on the books.
 
Who will get the last word in this legal debate? Geske says this whole thing could end up before the U-S Supreme Court.