November 19, 2018

AG Curtis Hill Unlikely To Be Removed From Office

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Four women accused Republican Attorney General Curtis Hill of groping them at the party in March. An investigation by the Indiana Inspector General backed up those women’s accounts. - Lauren Chapman/IPB News

Four women accused Republican Attorney General Curtis Hill of groping them at the party in March. An investigation by the Indiana Inspector General backed up those women’s accounts.

Lauren Chapman/IPB News

Republican legislative leaders say it’s very unlikely the General Assembly will take any steps to remove Attorney General Curtis Hill from office.

Four women accused Hill of groping them at the party in March. An investigation by the Indiana Inspector General backed up those women’s accounts.

But a special prosecutor opted not to bring a criminal case against the attorney general. And Sen. Mark Messmer (R-Jasper) says anything further will be up to the voters.

“There won’t be any legislative action to force him out," Messmer says. "If he’s not been convicted of a felony, there’s no real reason to move that issue forward.”

There’s also a new debate over whether the legislature should make the attorney general an appointed, rather than elected position.

Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis) says he supports the idea – but not right now.

“The message that might send right now would be one that I think would not be well-received perhaps by the public as well certainly as certain elected officials,” Bosma says.

In a statement about the appointment idea, Hill said: “There will always be those who prefer to concentrate the levers of government in the hands of a powerful few, but I believe most Hoosiers value the freedom of electing their public servants by casting ballots.”

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