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Doyle to appoint outside counsel in stem cell case

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Gov. Jim Doyle will appoint an outside lawyer after Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen didn't immediately agree to represent the state in a fight over the future of stem cell research.

Doyle spokesman Adam Collins said the lawyer will be hired at no cost to taxpayers to file a friend-of-the-court brief on Wisconsin's behalf.

Doyle's office had asked Van Hollen, whose office normally acts as Wisconsin's lawyer, to represent the state in seeking to overturn a federal judge's ruling that blocked funding for embryonic stem cell research.

Van Hollen spokesman Bill Cosh said the governor's office has not provided enough information and it would be irresponsible to step into a highly charged dispute without all the facts.

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