A federal judge has ordered a Justice Department investigation into whether federal agents illegally obtained documents related to a controversial federal judge in Wisconsin.
The decision on Tuesday by U.S. District Judge Michael Carvin was the latest in a string of federal probes into a state judge’s handling of the state’s highest-profile corruption case.
The case involves former Democratic Assembly Speaker Tom Barrett, who was sentenced to life in prison in July for a crime he did not commit.
Barrett was a prominent voice of the Green Bay Packers, who were facing financial troubles in the years before he resigned from office.
He was convicted in January on 13 counts including conspiracy to commit bribery, money laundering and obstruction of justice, but his sentence was later reduced to five years.
The judge ordered the Justice Department to conduct a “forensic investigation” into whether it could obtain relevant documents and information about the case.
A spokesman for Barrett, Brad Wintemute, said the judge’s order was based on the state court’s findings and recommendations.