Indiana Attorney General Curtis T. Hill Jr.’s law license has been suspended for 30 days, and now the argument has turned to whether or not he can appoint an interim replacement.
That’s not the real issue.
After his suspension — handed down for violating professional conduct rules and committing the criminal act of battery — is lifted, Hill should move on and step aside with whatever face-saving gesture gives him the most satisfaction.
Many have called for Hill’s resignation since he was first accused of sexual misconduct by a lawmaker and three staff members at a party at an unofficial gathering of legislators in 2018.
Following an investigation by a special prosecutor, which had more than a dozen witnesses testify in the case, it was determined there was insufficient evidence to convict Hill.
At the conclusion of a lengthy disciplinary decision, on May 11, the Indiana Supreme Court unanimously ruled against Hill and suspended his law license for 30 days — what some might call a slap in the wrist.
Attorneys general are sworn to uphold state laws and the U.S. Constitution. The highest legal officer in the state has failed at his job and needs to take accountability for his actions instead of victim-blaming.
On Monday, the Indiana Supreme Court denied a request from Gov. Eric Holcomb requesting information on whether Hill could be removed following the suspension of his law license. Holcomb can still try to remove the attorney general, but it could result in another legal battle.
In the meantime, Chief Deputy Aaron Negangard — appointed by Hill — will fill in as attorney general.
Hill needs to take better responsibility for his actions.
The Republican, who is up for re-election, needs to do the right thing and remove himself from office. Hoosiers deserve better.
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