The process of removing Calumet County District Attorney Ken Kratz may soon be moving forward as Governor Doyle says there has been an “outpouring” of citizens filing complaints against the DA, who is at the center of a sexting scandal.
Doyle is confident one of the complaints will be legally verified, which requires a sworn statement, with reasons and facts suggesting why the official must be removed from office. The Governor said Wednesday morning once a complaint is in correct legal form, he will set a date for a hearing to review the case and appoint a commissioner, a position which he already has candidates in mind.
Since news broke last week that the DA sent sexually charged text messages to a domestic violence victim, several other women have come forward with similar accusations.
Among them, a 31-year-old law student who claims Kratz sent her sexual worded texts in 2008, after he supported her application for a drug pardon. Doyle remembers the pardon and said he takes the allegation “very, very seriously” as the power of his office was potentially subverted by Kratz.
Another woman claims Kratz invited her to an autopsy but only if she wore high heels and a skirt. Kratz’s lawyer said his client denies the allegation.
UPDATE: A complaint has been verified and Governor Doyle has appointed Former Kenosha County District Attorney Robert Jambois as commissioner to oversee the public hearing on Kratz. Kratz will have a chance to defend himself at the hearing.