A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit against Attorney General Curtis Hill by four women who accused him of groping; however, Hill is now facing a recommended two-month suspension of his law license as a disciplinary action – a move that could make him ineligible to serve under a proposed amendment to a bill in the Indiana House.
Judge Jane Magnus-Stinson wrote in Monday’s ruling that the women described “disgraceful and reprehensible conduct” but the allegations didn’t meet the legal standard to establish a violation of federal law.
In October, Hill’s case was discussed in a disciplinary trial, presided over by former Indiana Supreme Court Justice Myra Selby. Last month, Selby recommended Hill lose his law license for 60 days, without automatic reinstatement. Therein lies the problem for Hill.
On Monday, Rep. Tim Wesco filed an amendment to create new qualifications for an Indiana Attorney General. The candidate must not have been disbarred in Indiana or suspended from practicing law in Indiana for 30 or more days in the last five years.
“The amendment specifies that if you’ve had your license suspended for more than a month, you cannot be Attorney General,” WIBC political correspondent Eric Berman told the Hammer and Nigel Show. “You can’t run for office and if that suspension comes down, you would have to forfeit it.”
Further, if the amendment becomes law and Hill is removed, he would also be ineligible to run for the office of Attorney General again for a period of five years.
Berman noted that questions about Hill’s political future would likely be answered by next Wednesday when the 2020 session of the Indiana Legislature is adjourned.
Click below to hear Hammer and Nigel’s full interview with WIBC political correspondent Eric Berman.