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Indiana Attorney General's Lawyers Deride Groping Claims

Jul 17, 2019
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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Lawyers for Indiana's attorney general argue that allegations he drunkenly groped four women during a party don't meet the legal standard of a misuse of power.

Court documents filed on Republican state Attorney General Curtis Hill's behalf call for the women's federal lawsuit against him to be thrown out by a judge.

Hill is accused of touching the backs or backsides of a state lawmaker and three legislative staffers at an Indianapolis bar. The women allege sexual harassment and defamation by Hill.

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Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill says he won’t appeal a federal judge’s recent decision to temporarily halt the state’s latest anti-abortion law.

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana's attorney general says the state's school districts are free to use extended stop arms to prevent other vehicles from passing school buses.

Curtis Hill says in an official opinion that no federal or state laws prohibit the use of extended stop arms on school buses.

Such opinions don't have the force of law but are generally respected by courts.

Hill's opinion says a state board that sets safety standards for Indiana's school buses can authorize the use of extra-long stop arms that extend into oncoming traffic.

Candidate Announces GOP Bid For Indiana Attorney General

Jun 27, 2019
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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A 30-year-old lawyer is launching a challenge to embattled Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill's possible re-election bid.

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A Republican primary challenger to Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill is announcing his candidacy for Hill's job today in Elkhart. 

Indianapolis attorney John Westercamp is making the announcement with support from Tim Wesco, who is the GOP State Representative from District 21 which includes portions of Elkhart and St. Joseph counties. 

Hill is a former Elkhart County Prosecutor. He has refused to resign after being accused of groping four women in March of 2018. 

Indiana Public Broadcasting's Brandon Smith will have more on the announcement later today. 

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana's attorney general is being sued in federal court by four women who say he drunkenly groped them during a party last year.

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Indiana's Attorney General has filed more paperwork today with the courts to stop the Whole Woman's Health Alliance from opening in South Bend.

Below is a release from Hill's office:

Attorney General Curtis Hill on Monday asked a U.S appellate court to stop the immediate opening of an unlicensed abortion clinic in South Bend.

On May 31, a federal district court granted a preliminary injunction allowing the Texas-based Whole Woman’s Health Alliance to open a clinic for providing chemical abortions despite lacking the required license from the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH). In chemical abortions, one type of medication is used to kill the fetus followed by another medication to induce the woman to expel it.

On June 2, Attorney General Hill appealed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. He also filed a motion with the district court seeking an immediate stay that would have prevented the unlicensed clinic from opening until Indiana’s appeal could be considered.

On June 7, the federal district court denied the motion for a stay – prompting Attorney General Hill to seek the intervention of the U.S. Court of Appeals in issuing a stay.

“The district court has declared that something as ordinary and fundamental as state licensing – which the state does for everything from nursing homes to daycares – can be invalidated in the name of the right to abortion,” Attorney General Hill said. “This ruling turns the right to abortion into a cudgel against state licensing laws that the Supreme Court long ago declared to be perfectly valid.”

The ISDH previously has denied Whole Woman’s Health a license after the entity failed to provide such requested information as documentation about the safety record of affiliated clinics in other states.

“The preliminary injunction threatens irreparable harm to Indiana women because it allows Whole Woman’s Health to open an unlicensed and unregulated abortion clinic,” Attorney General Hill said. “Indiana has no way of ensuring that an unlicensed abortion clinic is complying with its other requirements or to ensure that patients are being given safe and proper care.”

Further, Attorney General Hill noted, a licensed abortion clinic already operates west of South Bend in the town of Merrillville.

“The whole point of professional licensing regulation is to protect consumers from suffering injury,” Attorney General Hill said. “The risk of harm to women by allowing unlicensed clinics to dispense chemical abortions outweighs any speculative burdens faced by Whole Woman’s Health or women who must otherwise travel a mere 65 miles for an abortion.”

 

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — The Indiana attorney general says he has appealed a federal judge's decision to grant an injunction allowing an abortion clinic to open in South Bend.

Attorney General Curtis Hill said Monday that his office filed documents Sunday asking for an immediate stay to prevent the clinic from opening until the state's appeal can be considered.

U.S. District Judge Sarah Evans Barker on Friday granted the injunction allowing Whole Woman's Health Alliance's clinic to open. The judge called the state's refusal to issue a license a "substantial obstacle" for women and a violation of due process and equal protections.

The Indiana State Department of Health hasn't issued the license because authorities say the alliance hasn't provided requested safety documentation.

A federal lawsuit on the clinic's license continues with trial set before Barker in August 2020.

Read below from Hill's latest statement on the issue:

 

Indiana Attorney General Misconduct Decision Still Months Away

May 22, 2019
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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A decision is at least five months away on whether Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill could face sanctions up to disbarment as an attorney by the state Supreme Court on allegations he groped four women during a party.

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Indiana’s Attorney General filed a new lawsuit aimed at the family behind Purdue Pharma. The state becomes the latest to accuse members of the Sackler family of exacerbating the opioid crisis.

Hill, Curry Again Clash Over Abortion Lawsuit

May 16, 2019

Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill and Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry are again clashing over a state abortion lawsuit.

Indiana Attorney General Defends Pay Hikes For Top Aides

May 11, 2019
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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Some top aides to Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill have seen recent pay hikes of $9,000 or more, but Hill contends they are not rewards for sticking with him as he faces allegations of drunkenly groping four women during a party last year.

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Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill announced Monday the state is suing credit agency Equifax.

The suit follows an investigation into a 2017 data breach that compromised the private information of nearly 4 million Hoosiers.

Whole Woman's Health Alliance

Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill responded to a federal lawsuit today filed by Whole Woman’s Health Alliance.

The alliance has worked since 2017 to open an abortion clinic in South Bend.

The alliance filed the lawsuit in March after the state last year denied the organization’s application, because it said the alliance did not provide necessary information about its other clinics around the country.

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A disciplinary panel says Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill isn't immune from the state Supreme Court's attorney discipline process just because he's an elected statewide official.

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