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Dept. of Justice declines to represent Kratz in court

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MADISON (WKOW) -- The state Department of Justice will not represent a district attorney who admitted to sending sexually suggestive text messages to a domestic abuse victim.

In October, Ken Kratz resigned as Calumet County district attorney after word of text messages and claims of misconduct by at least four other women.

Kratz sent Stephanie Van Groll 30 text messages in three days last year while prosecuting her ex-boyfriend on charges of beating and nearly choking her to death.

A week after he resigned, Van Groll filed a federal lawsuit in Milwaukee claiming he violated her constitutional rights by sending her the text messages. Kratz asked the state to represent him in that case, but DOJ on Wednesday declined.

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