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Kratz lawsuit to be filed Friday


By Capitol Bureau Chief Bob Schaper - bio | email | Twitter | Facebook

MADISON (WKOW) -- A lawsuit against former District Attorney Ken Kratz will be filed Friday, says the attorney representing a domestic abuse victim at the center of a texting controversy.

Michael Fox of Monona says the suit will be filed in U.S. District Court in Milwaukee.

Fox claims Kratz violated Van Groll's constitutional rights to equal protection. By his own admission, Kratz sent the 26-year-old dozens of text messages trying to spark a romantic relationship.

Fox says Van Groll was treated differently because she's a woman, something the constitution does not permit.

Kratz resigned under pressure last week and still faces a second review from the Office of Lawyer Regulation which could take disciplinary action against him - up to and including disbarment.

As for Kratz's whereabouts, his attorney says the former prosecutor is seeking unspecified medical treatment at an undisclosed location.

Listen to Kratz talk about the accusations in an uncut, on-the-record Associated Press interview in Inside Scoop:

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