Indiana attorney general’s future in question if suspended

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FILE – In this Oct. 23, 2019, file photo, Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill arrives for a hearing at the state Supreme Court at the Statehouse in Indianapolis. A 60-day law license suspension is being recommended for Hill after allegations that he grabbed the buttocks of state Rep. Mara Candelaria Reardon, and inappropriately touched three other women during a party. The recommendation filed Friday, Feb. 14, 2020, with the state Supreme Court puts the Republican Hill’s ability to remain as state government’s top lawyer in jeopardy as he must have a law license to hold the position. It wasn’t immediately clear how a temporary suspension would affect his status. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A prominent supporter of Indiana’s attorney general is arguing that a proposed suspension of his law license over allegations of drunkenly groping four women is excessive and that even the proposed punishment wouldn’t force him from office.

It remained unclear Monday whether Republican Attorney General Curtis Hill could remain in office if the Indiana Supreme Court agreed with a hearing officer’s recommendation that his law license be suspended for at least 60 days. Conservative attorney James Bopp says Hill shouldn’t be treated more harshly because she’s a public official.

Republican Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma says he hopes the Supreme Court will be clear on whether Hill can remain as attorney general if his law license is suspended.

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(This story was originally published on Feb. 17, 2020)

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