In an exclusive interview Tuesday night on 27 News at 10, Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen addressed the controversy surrounding Calumet County D.A. Ken Kratz, who admitted to sexting a domestic abuse victim.More >>
MADISON (WKOW) -- Governor Jim Doyle announced Wednesday he has received a verified complaint against Calumet County District Attorney Ken Kratz from a County resident, and he is moving forward with the removal process.
"Today I received a verified complaint against DA Kratz and I have begun the process to remove him from office," Governor Doyle said. "As a former three-term District Attorney and a former three-term Attorney General I have worked hard to protect victims of crime, and I am deeply troubled by the accounts of DA Kratz's actions. I want every crime victim, particularly those of sensitive crimes such as domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse to know they can go into a police station or a prosecutor's office and be treated in a professional and respectful manner."
Kratz is being notified of the charges against him, and has a legal right to be heard. A public hearing on the charges will be held. Further details on the time and location of the public hearing will be forthcoming.
Governor Doyle has appointed former Kenosha County District Attorney Bob Jambois to serve as commissioner of the proceedings. Following the public hearing, Jambois will make a report to the Governor. Governor Doyle retains the sole power to remove the District Attorney from office. Jambois has scheduled a status/scheduling conference for Monday, September 27 in Chilton.
The Governor's letter appointing Jambois as commissioner, and copies of verified complaints sent to the Governor are attached.
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