Ken Kratz to resign as Calumet Co. DA

It’s about time.

The lawyer representing embattled Calumet County District Attorney Kenneth R. Kratz said Monday that Kratz will resign.

Kratz’s lawyer, Robert Craanen, made the statement in the Calumet County Courthouse during a hearing to determine a schedule for removal proceedings against Kratz.

Kratz has been under intense pressure to step down since it was revealed Sept. 15 that he sent sexually suggestive text messages to a domestic violence victim while he was prosecuting her ex-boyfriend on domestic violence charges last year.

At least four other women have since accused Kratz of similar misconduct.

Craanen said Monday that Kratz plans on resigning by Oct. 8, which is when the removal proceedings were scheduled to begin. At the end of the proceedings, Gov. Jim Doyle would have decided whether the evidence against Kratz justified removing him from office.

Doyle must receive Kratz’s letter of resignation before the move becomes official.

Kratz was not present for Monday’s hearing. He announced last week that he was taking an indefinite medical leave of absence, and Craanen has said Kratz is enrolled in therapy for a “non-physical illness.”

Kratz, who has been Calumet County’s district attorney since 1992, sent 30 text messages over three days last fall to Stephanie L. Van Groll while he was prosecuting her ex-boyfriend.

Perhaps it was this, not the additional accusations that came to light, that caused Kratz to change his mind.

The Office of Lawyer Regulation reviewed the case but did not discipline Kratz, drawing criticism last week from Doyle, Attorney General J. B. Van Hollen, state legislators and victims’ advocates.

The office reversed course Friday, announcing it would reopen its investigation into Kratz in light of similar accusations that have surfaced in the last two weeks. (Source: JSOnline)

Notice how it was a statement made by the attorney.¬† Come on Ken, why aren’t you making the statement that you will resign by Oct. 8?

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