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State High Court Slaps One-Time County D-A


MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Former prosecutor and victims' rights advocate Ken Kratz had his law license suspended for four months Friday.  

The State Supreme Court ordered the suspension and told the former Calumet County DA to pay almost $24,000 to cover the cost of his disciplinary proceedings.  

The 53-year-old Kratz is now a private attorney in West Bend. His suspension begins July 11th.

Kratz resigned his prosecutor's post in 2010, after it was learned that he sent 30 racy text messages to a woman and sought a sexual relationship with her, while prosecuting her ex-boyfriend for abusing her.  

Once that hit the news, other women came forward to say Kratz made sexually suggestive remarks to them.  

The state's Office of Lawyer Regulation had originally planned not to punish Kratz, after he resigned as chair of the state's Crime Victims' Rights Board. But the OLR did an about face in 2011 amid public pressure.  

Friday, Justice David Prosser and Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson wrote separately that the Supreme Court should review the OLR's practices. Prosser also called the order for Kratz to pay the investigative costs "manifestly unfair," since he reported most of his bad behavior himself 13 months before the OLR finally did something about it.  

Kratz made national headlines when he sent wrongly convicted rapist Steven Avery to prison for a murder he committed after he got out of prison. 

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)