Kenneth (Ken) R. Kratz is an American attorney who served as district attorney of Calumet County. He was appointed special prosecutor for the State of Wisconsin v. Steven Avery homicide case in 2007 and got convictions for both Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey. In 2010 Kratz resigned from office following a sexting scandal. Kratz had sent sexting messages to a female client, who was a victim of domestic abuse. As a result, in 2014, Kratz's law license was suspended for four months by the Wisconsin Supreme Court.
Kratz was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He later moved to Onalaska in Wisconsin. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin–Whitewater in 1983 and Marquette Law School in 1985, Kratz was admitted to the bar and licensed to practice law in Wisconsin in 1985.
From 1985 to 1987 Kratz worked in La Crosse as an assistant city attorney. From 1987 to 1992 he served as an assistant district attorney in La Crosse County. Kratz said his specialties were drug-related cases and child abuse case.
In 1992 Kratz was appointed district attorney for Calumet County. In 1996 he served as president of the Wisconsin District Attorneys Association. Kratz chaired the Wisconsin Victim Rights Council in 1993 as well as its successor, the Wisconsin Crime Victims Rights Board, from 1998 to 2010.
Kratz was married until 2009 and has a son from that marriage. Kratz is currently married to Leah.
Steven Avery trial
Brendan Dassey trial
- "Kratz named Prosecutor in Calumet County", The Post-Crescent