(WISH) – Indiana’s attorney general has been suspended from practicing law by the state’s Supreme Court.
Attorney General Curtis Hill has been suspended from practicing law in Indiana for 30 days.
The court found he violated professional conduct rules.
No word on whether this means Hill will be able to remain as the attorney general.
The suspension begins May 18. He will be automatically reinstated at the end of the 30 days.
This all stems from a case two years ago when four women said Hill groped them in a bar at a party to celebrate the end of the legislative session.
A lawsuit filed by the women was thrown out in March by a federal judge.
I accept with humility and respect the Indiana Supreme Court’s ruling of a 30-day suspension of my license with automatic reinstatement.
I have directed that beginning Monday, May 18, Chief Deputy Aaron Negangard will assume responsibility for the legal operations of this office during the temporary suspension of my license until it is reinstated on Wednesday, June 17.
I offer my deepest gratitude to my family, friends and the entire staff of the Office of the Attorney General. My staff has worked tirelessly and without interruption and will continue to do so on behalf of all Hoosiers.Attorney General Curtis Hill
“We are pleased that Indiana’s highest court found that Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill committed criminal battery against Representative Candelaria Reardon, Ms. DaSilva, Ms. McLemore, and Ms. Lozano and violated the Indiana Rules of Professional Conduct. The discipline issued today by the Indiana Supreme Court and the confirmation of Hearing Officer Selby’s factual findings again establish, without question, our client’s credibility, and the legal significance of their accounts.Two years later, Representative Candelaria Reardon, Ms. DaSilva, Ms. McLemore Brock, and Ms. Lozano continue to deal with the effects of going public with their stories, but remain steadfast in their commitment to help Hoosiers feel safe in the workplace.”Hannah Joseph, BJ Brinkerhoff and Kim Jeselskis with JBJ Legal, attorney firm for the victims
Gov. Eric Holcomb spoke about Hill’s suspension during Monday’s coronavirus briefing from the statehouse. (App users can click here to see that video with this story.)
Indiana Republican Party Chairman Kyle Hupfer released this statement:
“The Indiana Supreme Court unanimously confirmed that Curtis Hill committed battery against four female victims. Hoosiers would be best served by having a new Attorney General. I have faith in our delegates.”