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Local lawyer says Kratz didn't violate ethic code


La Crosse, WI (WXOW) - Calumet County District Attorney Ken Kratz is in the headlines after he sent text messages trying to spark an affair with a domestic abuse victim while he was prosecuting her ex-boyfriend.

Kratz acknowledges he sent 30 text messages to the woman last year in a span of three days.

The 50-year-old Kratz asked the 26-year-old woman in one of the messages whether she was "the kind of girl that likes secret contact with an older married elected DA." In others, he praised her looks and expressed his desire to start a relationship.

News 19 spoke to a local attorney who says all lawyers have a set of rules they have to abide by called 'the code of professional responsibility'.

She says Kratz did not violate a specific ethical code.

Lawyer Cheryl Gill said, "There's a code provision in the code of professional responsibility that lawyers can not have sexual contact with clients, but in this case the victim is not a client, the state is the client."

Gill says people can not be charged with ethical offenses with out a specific rule that lets them know what they are doing is wrong.

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