Len Kachinsky Has Evidentiary Hearing in Winnebago County Court

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A Northeast Wisconsin judge known for appearing in the Netflix documentary “Making a Murderer” was in Winnebago County Court Thursday for an evidentiary hearing to determine if he violated the code of judicial conduct while working as a municipal judge in Fox Crossing.

Len Kachinsky is facing ethics violations after Fox Crossing’s Court Manager, Mandy Bartelt, has accused him of a variety of odd behavior from him when the two worked together. Kachinsky previously was on trial for stalking charges related to Bartelt, but a jury acquitted him in December.

Thursday, the Wisconsin Judicial Commission questioned Bartelt about her previous work relationship with Kachinsky, and she described multiple incidents where she says Kachinsky made her uncomfortable. Those incidents allegedly include him staring at her while she was working, making “meow” sounds at her, posting about her and her husband on social media, asking for a 15 minute picture session with her, and scaring her while she was at her desk.

Kachinsky, who is representing himself in the hearing, then cross-examined Bartelt.

“I was afraid of you,” Bartelt told him.

Thursday’s session ended with two Fox Crossing police officers and the village’s H.R. Manager also giving testimony.

Kachinsky, for his part, disputes that he violated any rules. 

The hearing is scheduled to conclude on Friday.

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