A controversial investigation into Scott Walker’s fundraising could land at the Supreme Court—just in time for the Republican presidential primaries.
The justices are scheduled to discuss Thursday whether they should hear a lawsuit that involves the long, politically charged investigation into Walker’s coordination with outside groups during his recall campaigns.
One of Walker’s closest allies in the recall fight—the Wisconsin Club for Growth—is asking the high court to take the case. The group says it was unfairly targeted by an “intrusive, harassing, and damaging criminal investigation in retaliation for [its] First Amendment-protected advocacy.”
The high court has already wrapped up oral argument for its current term. So if it does decide to take the Club’s case, arguments and a decision would come sometime in the next term, which begins in October.
“If the Supreme Court takes it, I think it would probably take it because of the packaging of the case as prosecutors on a political witch hunt targeting conservatives,” said Rick Hasen, a law professor at the University of California, Irvine, and the author of the Election Law Blog.