On the sexual assault charge filed by the lawyer Thomas Basting, Kratz never spent a day in prison. The charges were negotiated down, so that he would only have a four months license suspension and a fine of $23,904.10, with the sexual assault left out of the conviction. Kratz basically played the system by blaming his addiction, and resumed practicing law. To avoid paying the fine, he filed bankruptcy.
“Kratz has rationalized his poor behavior by confessing to various addictions: to Ambien, to Vicodin, to Xanax, and to sex, though he fails to point to either medical records or expert medical testimony that would explain the exact nature and severity of his conditions, or how they may have affected his ability to conform his behavior to ethical rules.”
The court bargaining process is like negotiating a deal for a used car. Over time, the defendant usually agrees to a penalty provided the most serious charges are dropped. Technically, the sexual assault remains an allegation only, but that doesn’t mean it didn’t happen.
Finger pointers are often the ones doing the stuff they accuse others of. Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey were accused of sexual assault by Kratz. They are serving time for something they didn’t do, whereas Kratz is a free man, enjoying the limelight of media interviews and planning on writing a book.
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