September 17th, 2010
09:51 PM ET

Wisconsin DA won't step down amid texting controversy

A Wisconsin prosecutor apologized Friday for sending personal texts to a domestic abuse victim while prosecuting her former boyfriend, but said he won't step down from office.

Calumet County District Attorney Kenneth Kratz said he intended to stay in office "as I have been elected to do."

E-mails from November 2009 between Kratz and the Wisconsin Department of Justice show Kratz denied wrong-doing for weeks before finally saying, "My behavior was inappropriate."

"This behavior showed a lack of respect, not only for my position, but for the young woman that was involved."

Kratz said he has already seen a psychotherapist, and may consider taking personal time off to seek additional treatment for this issue.

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  1. No Justice

    Anyone in the private sector would have been out the door before they could say" I intend to stay". Where is the authority to kick out this deviate?

    September 17, 2010 at 11:36 pm | Report abuse |
  2. John Bowers

    Governor Doyle and Wisconsin Department of Justice have the authority to take out the garbage. Here`s hoping they will have the conviction to do so.

    September 18, 2010 at 12:34 am | Report abuse |
  3. I demand accountability

    This piece of tard needs to be disbarred immediately. He did not follow the rules of professional conduct for members of the bar and should therefore be fired, disbarred, and would somebody grab him and shave off that pathetic mustache while they're at it? No one should be a prosecutor who looks like a fat ex-sheriff tard.
    Nobody.

    September 18, 2010 at 1:57 am | Report abuse |
  4. La Piovra

    I had to go over to your regular site to see the comments, but, Hell, no, you sure don't talk to a client or witness like that. You really don't do it if you're supposed to be prosecuting their batterer or rapist. The only Bar this guy should ever see again is the one he gets ridden out of town on, or maybe the one he consoles himself in afterwards, as he picks the tar and feathers off.

    September 18, 2010 at 8:29 am | Report abuse |
  5. Lee Hall

    This person should be dis-barred. It is just another example of the state of the American justice system. It has gone from a state of dis-repair to utterly and hopelessly broken.

    September 18, 2010 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
  6. mn

    He wont be disbarred Wisconsin lawyers responsibility said he did nothing wrong

    September 18, 2010 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Don

    I don't know of too many places of employment that tolerate anything like this. This idiot/pervert needs time behind bars!

    September 19, 2010 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Sarah

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    September 19, 2010 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Doug from Wisconsin

    It's time to make a change. We have to make sure that we reinforce those who do good, who exhibit virtue in our society. There is no such thing as workplace ethics; ethics are the same, (or, should be) whether in the workplace or in personal life.

    September 23, 2010 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |