Former DA’s law license suspended over racy text messages

06/06/2014 // West Palm Beach, Florida, US // JusticeNewsFlash // Justice News Flash // (press release)

Wisconsin – On Friday, the Wisconsin Supreme Court announced that the law license of a former district attorney accused of sending racy text messages to a domestic abuse victim had been suspended. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), former prosecutor Ken Kratz will be unable to practice law for four months after sending the texts to a 25-year-old woman while prosecuting her former boyfriend for abuse in 2009.

The woman reported the matter to police, which led to Kratz being advised to remove himself from the domestic abuse case and report his actions to the state Office of Lawyer Regulation. The OLR concluded he had not committed any ethical violations; however, and his case was closed in 2010.

The case was reopened after Kratz was accused of making sexual remarks to additional women. The OLR subsequently made the recommendation to the Supreme Court for the suspension of his law license.

The court is quoted as writing in its decision, “The recommended four-month suspension is deserved…In short, whatever his qualities and accomplishments as a lawyer, Attorney Kratz proved himself during the period in question to be sanctionably sophomoric.”

This report is provided by Justice News Flash – Wisconsin Legal News

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