Competing filings in the disciplinary case against Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill call for the Republican to face a sanction as severe as a two-year suspension or as little as nothing at all.
Lawyers for Hill and the Indiana Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission each filed proposed hearing officer reports Monday, almost two months after former Indiana Supreme Court Justice Myra Selby presided over a four-day disciplinary hearing.
Hill is accused of multiple ethical violations stemming from allegations that he drunkenly groped and made unwanted sexual advances toward a state lawmaker and three legislative staffers.
The Disciplinary Commission is calling for a minimum two-year suspension without automatic reinstatement, writing in its tendered proposed report that Hill’s actions were criminal and “abhorrent.”
Hill has repeatedly denied the allegations, and a special prosecutor and the Indiana inspector general declined to criminally or ethically charge him. He has also resisted calls for his resignation, choosing instead to launch a reelection bid.
To that end, Hill’s lawyers are advocating for the dismissal of the disciplinary action, writing in their tendered report that the AG’s conduct “may have been boorish and offensive to some or many, but it was conduct that occurred in a private setting that had no connection with the practice of law or his role as an attorney.”
Selby will ultimately choose what, if any, discipline she recommends to the Indiana Supreme Court, which will have the final say in any sanction.