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Former A.G., lawmaker react to victim complaint against Happ

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 MADISON (WKOW) -- A former democratic attorney general and a republican lawmaker are reacting to a victim's complaint against attorney general candidate Susan Happ's handling of a sex crime case.

In a complaint submitted to the state office of lawyer regulation, the victim says Happ should have appointed a special prosecutor to handle the case, because the accused man purchased a home from Happ and her husband. The victim also says she objected to a plea agreement and its reduction of felony sex crimes to misdemeanor disorderly conduct counts, and was told by one of Happ's staff members to discuss the case with no one.

Former attorney general Peg Lautenschlager says Happ - the Jefferson County district attorney - acted appropriately and in accordance with state ethical rules by delegating the case to a subordinate prosecutor in her office.

Lautenschlager also says if the victim took issue with the plea agreement, she could have notified the assigned judge of her objection.

But Sen. Leah Vukmir (R-Wauwatosa) says Happ mishandled the case and the victim was "bullied."

Happ has yet to respond to requests for comment. Lautenschlager says since the case involves a deferred prosecution and is still pending, ethical rules restrict what Happ can discuss.


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