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The Absent AG Was Really Absent

Posted by Chris Liebenthal on October 6, 2010

Last week, I asked where was Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen during the whole Kenneht Kratz scandal. I labeled him as being absentee.

As it turns out, I was off the mark. He was worse than being absent.

Van Hollen has since criticized the Office of Lawyer Regulation for dropping the ball in investigating and taking action against Kratz last year when the allegations about Kratz’ sexting first was made known to the authorities. However, he should have checked his own office’s files before leveling blame at anyone:

The Wisconsin Department of Justice closed its investigation into Calumet County District Attorney Ken Kratz’s sexually charged text messages to a crime victim without interviewing Kratz, according to records of the investigation made public Friday.

DOJ executive assistant Dean Stensberg said his agency’s investigation was “absolutely” thorough. He said agents collected all the evidence they needed to determine that a crime had not been committed.

Sadly, it took this public humiliation to get Van Hollen to start doing his job.

Isn’t it time to get someone in that office that doesn’t play political games with people’s lives?



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