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DOJ to Function as Prosecutor in Anticipated Removal Proceedings Against DA Ken Kratz


MADISON - Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced today that the Department of Justice will function as prosecutor in anticipated removal proceedings against Calumet County District Attorney Ken Kratz.


Governor James Doyle announced yesterday that he expects a complaint for Kratz's removal will be filed with his office soon.According to Wisconsin Statutes § 17.16(3), a verified complaint must be brought “by a resident taxpayer” of Calumet County to initiate removal proceedings.

District Attorneys may only be removed by the Governor “for cause,” which is defined by statute to mean “inefficiency, neglect of duty, official misconduct, or malfeasance in office.”