Ken Kratz May Get Lighter Punishment
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CREATED Jul. 30, 2012
Ken Kratz could lose his law license for four months. That's the recommendation filed Monday by a special referee reviewing the sexting case against the former Calumet County District Attorney.
It's a lighter punishment than the six-month suspension the Office of Lawyer Regulation was pushing for and that has some upset.
"We're really disappointed,” Wendy Gehl, who works at Harbor House said.
Gehl not only works for Harbor House in Appleton--she was also a member of the crime victim rights board with Kratz.
"We even thought that six months sounded light, but what's interesting is Mr. Kratz thought he received enough punishment by all the repercussions of what happened and all the things he lost,” Gehl said.
The report states Kratz has "no prior disciplinary history" and is less likely to "re-offend"--adding a 6-month suspension is usually ordered for "more serious conduct". With a 4-month suspension, Kratz would not have to re-new his license.
"What we have to look at is what happened that he was harassing these individuals, and that is against the law,” Gehl said.
But Kratz's fate will ultimately be up to the state Supreme Court.
The report also states Kratz needs to continue his treatment program. No word when the Supreme Court will take up the case.