Submitted by Ben Masel on Fri, 09/17/2010 - 10:53am
With Calumet County District Attorney Keneth Kratz refusing to resign following revelation of his sexually harrassing emails to a domestic violence victim whose case was in his office, it's time for Governor Doyle to step up and use his power under of the State Constitution to remove Kratz from office.
Article 6 Section 4
"The governor may remove any elected county officer mentioned in this section except a county clerk, treasurer, or surveyor,giving to the officer a copy of the charges and an opportunity of being heard."
Call the Governor's Office at (608) 266-1212
If this doesn't work, there's Impeachment by the Assembly, and Removal after trial in the State Senate, a more cumbersome process as it would involve calling a special session of the Legislature.
Article 7, Section 1
The court for the trial of impeachments shall be composed of the senate. The assembly shall have the power of impeaching all civil officers of this state for corrupt conduct in office, or for crimes and misdemeanors; but a majority of all the members elected shall concur in an impeachment. On the trial of an impeachment against the governor, the lieutenant governor shall not act as a member of the court. No judicial officer shall exercise his office, after he shall have been impeached, until his acquittal. Before the trial of an impeachment the members of the court shall take an oath or affirmation truly and impartially to try the impeachment according to evidence; and no person shall be convicted without the concurrence of two−thirds of the members present. Judgment in cases of impeachment shall not extend further than to removal from office, or removal from office and disqualification to hold any office of honor, profit or trust under the state; but the party impeached shall be liable to indictment, trial and punishment according to law.