Indiana AG Faces Possible Loss Of License Over Groping Charge

By on October 25, 2019

October 25, 2019

As reported by Fox59 in Indianapolis, it was a classic he-said she-said tribunal, as the attorney general of Indiana faced a hearing before the Indiana Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission. The Republican AG, Curtis Hill, has been accused by four women of inappropriate touching during a late-night bar party that was celebrating the end of the 2018 legislative session. Conflicting testimony during a hearing lasting the better part of a week at times came down to such questions as whether a hand was placed on or above the buttocks, and whether a remark about the need to show “a little skin” in order to get a drink was a sexual innuendo or a wisecrack made to the crowd and directed at the state senator who was behind the bar serving drinks at the time. A special prosecutor has already declined to file charges against Hill, and a state inspector general determined that he broke no rules, although the report cited a witness who called his behavior “creepy,” according to an AP story, which also takes note of the high-powered participants in this proceeding. Hill’s defense team includes one attorney who headed Indiana’s attorney disciplinary commission for nearly two decades, and another, a seasoned defense attorney, whose former clients include Mike Tyson and the owner of the Indianapolis Colts. The case is being overseen at the disciplinary commission by Myra Selby, formerly an associate justice of the Indiana Supreme Court and both the first woman and the first African-American to hold that position. She is currently a partner at the Indianapolis-based law firm Ice Miller. Hill’s job may be on the line. One possible outcome is that he loses his license to practice law: The AP story notes that state law requires the attorney general to be “duly licensed to practice law in Indiana.”

 

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