The Disciplinary Commission staff of the Indiana Supreme Court is recommending Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill lose his law license for two years. The recommendations follows an investigation by the commission into Hill's conduct at an Indianapolis bar at the end of the 2018 legislative session.
The Commission is asking the Hearing Officer to tell the court the following:
"The seriousness of this matter cannot be overstated. It is important to restore faith in our legal system. The crimes of the Attorney General have dealt a significant blow to that faith, and restoration of that faith requires a significant response. "
Lawyers for Hill filed their response saying the Hearing Officer should recommend that the Indiana Supreme Court dismiss the disciplinary complaint.
Hill's attorneys want the Hearing Officer to tell the court the following:
"In this case, the Respondent'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. Thus, for that reason as well, I find that the Respondent did not violate Admission and Discipline Rule 22."
The Hearing Officer will decide which recommendation to accept and make to the Indiana Supreme Court, which will then ultimately decide whether Hill should lose his law license.
Indiana law states that the position of Attorney General be filled by a resident of the Hoosier State and someone who has a license to practice law.