Indiana Supreme Court Ducks Holcomb's Question On Curtis Hill

May 19, 2020

The Indiana Supreme Court refused to tell Gov. Eric Holcomb whether he can appoint a replacement for Attorney General Curtis Hill.
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The Indiana Supreme Court refused to tell Gov. Eric Holcomb whether he can appoint a replacement for Attorney General Curtis Hill.

Hill’s law license is suspended for 30 days after the court last week ruled he criminally battered four women.

State law isn’t clear on whether that suspension means Hill vacates the office. If he did, the governor has the right to name a replacement. So, Holcomb asked the Supreme Court to weigh in.

But the court says the disciplinary case against Hill is finished and Holcomb has no right to intervene. The justices did not answer the question of whether a 30-day license suspension means Hill can’t return to his office in a month.

Hill last week said his chief deputy Aaron Negangard will run the office until he returns.

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