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State won't represent former DA


MADISON (AP) -- The Wisconsin Department of Justice is refusing to represent a disgraced former district attorney in a discrimination lawsuit filed by a domestic abuse victim who says he sent her sexually suggestive text messages.

Ken Kratz resigned as Calumet County district attorney back in October amid an uproar over the text messages and claims of misconduct by at least four other women.

Kratz sent Stephanie Van Groll 30 text messages in three days last year while prosecuting her ex-boyfriend on charges of beating and nearly choking her to death.

A week after he resigned, Van Groll filed a federal lawsuit in Milwaukee claiming he violated her constitutional rights by sending her the text messages. Kratz asked the state to represent him in that case, but DOJ on Wednesday declined.

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