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Four women who accuse Attorney General Curtis Hill of sexual misconduct are suing the Republican official in state court after their federal case has been, so far, unsuccessful.

NEW: Indiana GOP Ousts Attorney General After Groping Allegations

Jul 10, 2020
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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Republicans have scuttled Attorney General Curtis Hill's bid for reelection following a monthlong suspension of his law license over allegations that he groped a state lawmaker and three other women during a party. Former U.S. Rep. Todd Rokita prevailed Friday in mail-in voting by state convention delegates. The state Republican chairman said Rokita defeated Hill with 52% of the vote in a third round of voting after two lesser-known candidates finished last in previous rounds. Rokita said he entered the race because Hill had a history of "bad judgment, bad choices and not taking responsibilities" marring his time as state government's top lawyer.

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A lawyer maintains the Indiana attorney general’s office is trying to stymie a court fight over whether Republican Attorney General Curtis Hill can be ousted from office while his law license remains suspended until next week for groping four women. No action has been taken on the lawsuit filed last month after Hill began a 30-day suspension ordered by the state Supreme Court. Lawyer William Groth says the attorney general’s office objected to his motion for a speedy ruling and slowed down the process of selecting a new judge after the original one stepped down.

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Four Indianapolis residents have filed a lawsuit trying to get Attorney General Curtis Hill permanently ousted from his position.

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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.

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Lawyers for Indiana’s attorney general are arguing he has the legal right to remain in office even while serving a 30-day suspension of his law license for groping four women. The arguments filed Friday with the state Supreme Court come after Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb asked the justices whether GOP Attorney General Curtis Hill loses his elected position as state government’s top lawyer when his law license suspension takes effect Monday.

Holcomb Wants Supreme Court's Guidance On Curtis Hill

May 12, 2020
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Gov. Eric Holcomb wants the Indiana Supreme Court to clarify what Attorney General Curtis Hill’s law license suspension means for his future.

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This afternoon Indiana Attorney General Curtis HIll issued a statement in response to a ruling by the Indiana State Supreme Court that his law license should be suspended for 30 days.

(You can read Hill's statement below.) 

“I accept with humility and respect the Indiana Supreme Court’s ruling of a 30-day suspension of my license with automatic reinstatement.

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Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill’s law license will be suspended for 30 days and automatically reinstated.

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Confusion remains over whether Attorney General Curtis Hill will keep his job if his law license is suspended.

That’s because Senate Republicans couldn’t agree to a bill on the issue as the 2020 legislative session ended.

A disciplinary hearing officer recommended Curtis Hill’s license be suspended for two months, without automatic reinstatement. That stems from groping allegations against the AG.

Indiana Governor Backs Path For Forcing Out Attorney General

Mar 6, 2020
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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana’s governor is endorsing a proposal that could force the state's attorney general from office over allegations that he drunkenly groped four women.

Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb said Thursday that he supports a bill endorsed by the Indiana House that would prohibit anyone whose law license has been suspended for at least 30 days from serving as attorney general.

Republican Attorney General Curtis Hill is awaiting the state Supreme Court's decision on a recommendation that he face a minimum 60-day suspension.

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed against Indiana’s attorney general by four women who say he drunkenly groped them during a party.

Republican Attorney General Curtis Hill has denied the allegations and his lawyers argued the women didn’t have a valid case for sexual harassment under federal law because they all worked for state government's legislative branch while Hill is an elected officer of the executive branch.

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Curtis Hill would be forced to step down as Attorney General if his license was suspended for at least a month under an amendment passed by the House Monday.

The amendment’s author says this is in response to a disciplinary hearing officer’s recommendation last month of a 60-day suspension.

The amendment authored by Republican Representative Tim Wesco alters the qualifications to serve as Attorney General. Current law only requires the A.G. to have a law license and live in Indiana.

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A disciplinary hearing officer says Attorney General Curtis Hill’s law license should be suspended for 60 days without automatic reinstatement after four women accused him of sexual misconduct.

It’s very unclear whether that would require Hill to leave office.

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Indiana’s attorney Disciplinary Commission wants Attorney General Curtis Hill’s law license suspended for two years.

That's the latest procedural step in Hill’s disciplinary process.

Four women accuse Curtis Hill of sexual misconduct. Those allegations prompted the state Disciplinary Commission to file a complaint against Hill.

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Attorney General Curtis Hill defended his law license at a nearly week-long disciplinary hearing. It featured 26 witnesses, hours of testimony and dozens of pieces of evidence. 

It stemmed from allegations he groped four women last year. Rep. Mara Candelaria Reardon (D-Munster) and three legislative staffers – Samantha Lozano, Niki DaSilva and Gabrielle Brock – say Curtis Hill groped them at a party in March 2018.

Final Decision On Curtis Hill Is Months Away

Oct 25, 2019
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It will be months before a final decision comes in Attorney General Curtis Hill’s disciplinary case over allegations he groped four women.

The nearly week-long hearing featured 26 witnesses, hours of testimony and dozens of pieces of evidence. That must be compiled into one record both sides review. The parties then file what’s called their proposed findings with the hearing officer, former state Supreme Court Justice Myra Selby.

Indiana Attorney General Testifies He Didn't Grope Women

Oct 24, 2019
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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana's attorney general testified Thursday that he did nothing wrong at a party where a state lawmaker and three legislative staffers say he drunkenly groped them, allegations that could threaten his law license and ability to remain in office.

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Attorney General Curtis Hill got to tell his side of the story Thursday at a disciplinary hearing that could determine whether he keeps his law license.

Hill denied allegations he inappropriately touched four women at a party last year.

The Republican Attorney General was questioned by his legal team on the witness stand during the morning portion of the hearing Thursday. He described being, in his words, “shocked” and “troubled” last year when he learned people accused him of acting inappropriately.

UPDATE: Curtis Hill Testifies In His Professional Misconduct Hearing

Oct 23, 2019
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UPDATE:

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana's attorney general says he didn't touch any women in a sensual manner during the party where four women allege that he drunkenly groped them.

Attorney General Curtis Hill denied those claims as he testified Thursday during a hearing on professional misconduct charges that threaten his law license.

Hill says he briefly touched the back of a female lawmaker during the March 2018 party, not realizing she was wearing a backless dress. Hill said "absolutely not" when asked whether he grabbed Rep. Mara Candelaria Reardon's buttocks, as she alleged during testimony on Monday.

Hill has shown none of the defiance he exhibited when he called the claims "vicious and false" after they became public in July 2018.

The Indiana Supreme Court will later decide whether Hill will face any punishment.

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A former employee of Curtis Hill’s when he was Elkhart County prosecutor testified Wednesday that he made an explicit sexual advance to her.

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Witnesses on day two of Curtis Hill’s disciplinary hearing say the Attorney General was “impaired,” “creepy” and “predatory” at a party last year.

A dozen people testified Tuesday at the hearing at which Hill is defending his law license.

It was a post-legislative session party in 2018 where four women say Curtis Hill groped them without their consent. Most of the witnesses Tuesday were called to corroborate the women’s accounts.

Partygoers Say Indiana Attorney General Seemed Drunk At Bar

Oct 22, 2019
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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana's attorney general seemed intoxicated as he made his way around a bar the night he is accused of groping a state lawmaker and three other women, fellow partygoers testified Tuesday.

UPDATE: Lawmaker Testifies On Indiana Attorney General Groping Claim

Oct 19, 2019
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UPDATE: 

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A state lawmaker says she told a lobbyist that Indiana's attorney general was a "creeper" soon after he allegedly drunkenly groped her at a bar.

Attorney General Curtis Hill looked on Monday as Rep. Mara Candelaria Reardon testified about the encounter a party celebrating the end of the 2018 legislative session.

Reardon's testimony opened a potentially weeklong professional misconduct hearing that could lead to sanctions against Hill's law license.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Lawyers for Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill are trying to block two women from testifying about previous sexual misconduct allegations as he faces claims that he drunkenly groped four women at a bar last year.

Indiana Attorney General Gains Groping Claims Case Records

Aug 27, 2019
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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill's lawyers have won their fight for records of the state inspector general's investigation into allegations that Hill drunkenly groped four women.

Hill's attorneys sought the records as they defend him in attorney disciplinary proceedings he faces that could lead to his disbarment as a lawyer.

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana's inspector general is fighting state Attorney General Curtis Hill's effort to subpoena records from her investigation into allegations that he drunkenly groped four women.

Inspector General Lori Torres filed a motion Wednesday seeking to quash a subpoena Hill is pursuing in a state disciplinary proceeding he faces.

The Indiana Lawyer reports that Torres' motion argues the records from her probe are privileged.

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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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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NEW:

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.

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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