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Wisconsin Senate passes crime victim rights bill

Wisconsin Senate passes crime victim rights bill

By The Associated Press. CREATED Mar 13, 2012

MADISON- Crime victims would be allowed to sue public officials who harass them under a bill the state Senate has passed.

The measure comes in response to former Calumet County District Attorney Ken Kratz's sordid tale. Kratz resigned from his post in 2010 after The Associated Press reported he tried to strike up an affair with a woman while he prosecuted her ex-boyfriend for domestic abuse.

The bill calls for public officials to treat crime victims fairly and respect their privacy.  It would give victims the ability to bring lawsuits if they feel those rights were violated.

The Senate passed the bill on a voice vote Tuesday with no debate. The Assembly approved it in October, but the Senate tweaked the language and sent it back to the Assembly.