Kachinsky found not guilty in stalking case


    Leonard Kachinsky (WLUK)

    OSHKOSH, Wis. (WLUK) – Fox Crossing Municipal Judge Len Kachinsky has been acquitted in a stalking case.

    Kachisnky was charged with stalking for his alleged activities with his court clerk. Despite multiple admonishments from village officials that Kachinsky restrict his interactions with the clerk to professional items, the contact continued to be personal in nature, the complaint says.

    Testimony was heard last week, and the jury started deliberations Friday but did not reach a verdict.

    Deliberations resumed Monday. The jury sent a note to the judge, saying the panel was split 9-3, with members on both sides unwilling to compromise. After a brief hearing, Waushara County Judge Guy Dutcher, who is presiding over the case, sent the panel back to the jury room to try again.

    It was not disclosed if the jury was split towards conviction or acquittal.

    The Wisconsin Supreme Court previously suspended him from handling the municipal judge duties.

    Kachinsky gained national notoriety in 2015 with the release of the Netflix series "Making a Murderer." The series detailed Kachinsky's handling of the case of Brendan Dassey, who, along with his uncle Steven Avery, was convicted of the 2005 murder of Teresa Halbach.

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