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Wis. lawmakers pass bill letting victims sue

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The state Assembly has approved a bill that would allow crime victims to sue public officials who harass them.

Republicans introduced the measure in hopes of discouraging prosecutors and police from taking advantage of vulnerable victims.

Former Calumet County District Attorney Ken Kratz resigned last year 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. The measure gives victims the ability to bring lawsuits if they feel those rights were violated.

The measure passed on a voice vote. It goes next to the state Senate.

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