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Judge agrees to allow media groups intervene in John Doe records case

MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - A state appeals judge has agreed to let eight media groups intervene in a case that involves the release of records from the John Doe probe of former Milwaukee County Walker aides. 

Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen tried to get Appellate Judge Patricia Curley to prevent the Journal Sentinel and the other groups from submitting arguments in a case that will decide whether Kelly Rindfleisch's e-mails and other records should be made public. 

Those records were obtained as part of a John Doe investigation in which six former aides to now-Governor Scott Walker were convicted of either embezzlement or illegal tax-funded political campaigning when Walker was the Milwaukee County executive. 

The John Doe was officially closed earlier this year, so the media groups say there's no reason Rindfleisch's documents should still be sealed. That question is still pending. 

Thursday's ruling only dealt with the media's request to be involved in the case. 

Rindfleisch was sentenced to six months in jail and three years of probation. She's trying to get her conviction thrown out.

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