AG Hill’s License Suspended, Starting Today

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AG Hill’s License Suspended, Starting Today

IBJ-THE RUNDOWN

by LINDSEY ERDODY 

The Indiana Supreme Court issued a decision Monday finding Attorney General Curtis Hill guilty of misdemeanor battery and two related violations of the Indiana Rules of Professional Conduct, and the court suspended Hill’s law license for 30 days starting Monday.

So what exactly does that mean for the office? It’s not exactly clear.

Hill named his chief deputy to take over while he’s gone, but Gov. Eric Holcombisn’t so sure that’s allowed. Holcomb has asked the Supreme Court to weigh in on whether the suspension creates a vacancy in the office. If it does, then Holcomb can appoint a replacement.

Hill is set to automatically get his license back just in time for the Indiana Republican State Convention, so he will still be allowed to seek reelection, even though party officials haven’t hidden their displeasure with him.

State Republican Chairman Kyle Hupfer, who is also Holcomb’s campaign manager, released a blunt statement this week saying, “Hoosiers would be best served by having a new attorney general. I have faith in our delegates.”

The field in the AG race may not be locked down yet. So far, Hill is facing Decatur County Prosecutor Nate Harter and Indianapolis attorney John Westercamp.

After the Supreme Court decision came out, former congressman Todd Rokita said he’s considering joining the race. Rumors have swirled for months that Rokita might be interested.

The deadline to file with the party is Wednesday.

FOOTNOTE:  The Indiana Republican State Convention is going virtual. Party officials announced this week that speeches will be livestreamed 5:30-7 p.m. on June 18 and ballots will be mailed to delegates to vote by mail. 

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