MADISON, Wis. – The 7th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals has set oral arguments in a case to determine whether a lower court’s ruling shutting down a politically charged John Doe investigation into conservative groups will stand.

The court Wednesday issued a notice, scheduling oral arguments for 2:30 p.m., Sept. 9, in the main courtroom of the 7th Circuit’s Chicago complex, at 219 South Dearborn St.

A source with knowledge of the case tells Wisconsin Reporter the accelerated schedule bodes well for conservative activist Eric O’Keefe and the Wisconsin Club for Growth, plaintiffs in a civil rights lawsuit against the prosecutors of the nearly two-year-old John Doe probe. The source, who asked not to be identified due to proximity to the case, said the previous schedule of court filings had put oral arguments on track for October or November.