Mike Heine/The Week
(Published March. 26, 2007, 9:38 a.m.)
A Walworth County assistant district attorney who is in the middle of a lawsuit filed by a businessman against a retired police investigator is "on a personal leave right now," District Attorney Phil Koss said.
"This has nothing to do with it. Absolutely nothing to do with it," Koss said of Krueger's absence when asked if it related to Dennis Krueger's position in the federal case.
Koss would not say why Krueger has not been in his office since Monday or clarify if it was Krueger's own decision or one Koss made for him.
The outgoing voice mail message on Kruger's phone says in a woman's voice, "You have reached a voice mailbox that is no longer in use."
"It's personal and personnel matters," Koss said.
Krueger is in the middle of a civil case where a Whitewater businessman is suing a now-retired veteran city detective.
On Jan. 22, Krueger had filed an affidavit to the U.S. District Court that supported Steve Cvicker's claims that investigator Larry P. Meyer took and destroyed evidence taken during a search warrant.
Koss said he and Krueger spoke about Krueger's decision to write the affidavit, and Koss said he approved the move.
"I gave my approval to do that. I think it was that or be deposed. We decided an affidavit would be more efficient than a deposition," Koss said.
Krueger, who has been an assistant district attorney under Koss since August 2003, declined to comment.