Filing: Indiana AG Hill declines hearing on groping claims

Posted at 12:49 PM, Mar 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-22 12:49:30-04

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A lawyer for Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill is declining a hearing officer or panel to weigh whether Hill committed professional misconduct by allegedly groping a lawmaker and three legislative staffers at a bar.

Hill's legal counsel, Don Lundberg, filed a motion Wednesday with the Indiana Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission declining the appointments.

A complaint the commission filed Tuesday alleges Hill violated Indiana's professional conduct rules for attorneys by allegedly groping the four women at an Indianapolis bar during a party celebrating the end of the 2018 legislative session.

A special prosecutor declined in October to pursue criminal charges against Hill, who denied wrongdoing.

Lundberg's filing calls it "unprecedented" for the commission to charge an attorney with professional conduct violations after a prosecutor declined to file criminal charges.