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DOJ Won't Defend Kratz in Federal Lawsuit

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Former Calumet County District Attorney Ken Kratz is seen in this undated photo. (courtesy of FOX 11).
Former Calumet County District Attorney Ken Kratz is seen in this undated photo. (courtesy of FOX 11).

MADISON, Wis. (WTAQ) - The state Justice Department says it will not defend former Calumet County District Attorney Ken Kratz in a federal lawsuit against him.

Stephanie Van Groll of Merrill filed the lawsuit a week after Kratz resigned in October, claiming that he violated her constitutional rights.

Kratz admitted sending 30 racy text messages to Van Groll in 2009, as he prosecuted her ex-boyfriend for domestic abuse. Once that word got out, 4 other women complained that Kratz did similar things to them.

He asked the attorney general’s office to represent him in Van Groll’s lawsuit – but Justice officials said today they would not do so.

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