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No Clear Answer To What Happens If Curtis Hill's License Is Suspended

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A disciplinary hearing officer says Attorney General Curtis Hill’s law license should be suspended for 60 days without automatic reinstatement after four women accused him of sexual misconduct.

It’s very unclear whether that would require Hill to leave office.

State law says the attorney general must be a citizen and “duly licensed” to practice law in Indiana. So, if Hill’s license is suspended – but not permanently revoked – can he still be Attorney General? House Judiciary Committee Chair Jerry Torr (R-Carmel) says he’s not sure anyone really knows the answer.

“If it is, say, a 30- or 60-day suspension, there are very diverse opinions about how that affects his current role,” Torr says.

Indiana’s Supreme Court justices will ultimately decide Hill’s punishment, if any. And House Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis) hopes they will weigh in.

“In their disciplinary findings, I will publicly ask for them to give clarity to the state on the issue,” Bosma says.

The Supreme Court’s decision is likely months away.

Contact Brandon at bsmith@ipbs.org or follow him on Twitter at @brandonjsmith5.

Brandon Smith is excited to be working for public radio in Indiana. He has previously worked in public radio as a reporter and anchor in mid-Missouri for KBIA Radio out of Columbia. Prior to that, he worked for WSPY Radio in Plano, Illinois as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. His first job in radio was in another state capitol, in Jefferson City, Missouri, as a reporter for three radio stations around Missouri. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.