As a byproduct of what has apparently become a “we only enforce laws that we agree with” attitude in the state of Wisconsin, the County District Attorney who has been under investigation for misusing his office to take advantage of women in abusive relationships is being let off without charges.
Via The Nation:
On Monday, [Wisconsin Attorney General J.B.] Van Hollen…Decided not to prosecute a disgraced county prosecutor, former Calumet County District Attorney Ken Kratz, on criminal charges of sexual assault, personal misconduct and abuse of the public trust when he reportedly sent thirty text messages trying to strike up an affair with a domestic abuse victim while he prosecuted her ex-boyfriend on a strangulation charge. The then 50-year-old district attorney sent 26-year-old Stephanie Van Groll messages referring to her as “a hot nymph” and asking if she was “the kind of girl that likes secret contact with an older married DA.”
Kratz’s behavior was an obvious abuse of power, with the D.A. claiming it was simply “poor judgement” and that since she was only a witness in the trial, not his client, there was no real issue involved. Of course, since he was prosecuting the man who was abusing her, the threat that her ex could be freed if she rejected his advances or turned him in for misconduct would always be in the back of her mind.
Kratz eventually resigned from the position after more women came forward with the same stories, one of them stating he offered to help with her case if she would sleep with him. He resigned just as the city made moves to hold a hearing to remove him from his job.
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