INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -
Indiana’s inspector general is fighting state Attorney General Curtis Hill’s
effort to subpoena records from her investigation into allegations that he
drunkenly groped four women at a bar last year.
Lori Torres filed a motion Wednesday seeking to quash a subpoena that Hill
is pursuing in a state disciplinary proceeding he faces, the Indiana Lawyer
argues that the records from her probe are privileged under state law and
their release can be compelled by a court order only “after a showing of
particularized need and proof that the information cannot be obtained
Torres’ office this month seeking statements, photos, videos, documents and
other information her office collected while investigating allegations Hill
touched the backs or backsides of a state lawmaker and three legislative
staffers at an Indianapolis bar during a party celebrating the end of last
year’s legislative session.
states that she has given Hill’s legal team the names and contact
information for the witnesses in her office’s investigation. Torres’ motion
cites two state statues to support her decision to decline to produce the
documents requested in Hill’s “blanket demand.”
His subpoena sets
an Aug. 2 deadline for the records.
After the groping
allegations became public, Torres’ office began an investigation alongside a
special prosecutor into whether Hill’s conduct was criminal or unethical.
prosecutor declined to pursue criminal charges against Hill last year, but
said that he believed Hill’s accusers. The inspector general’s report cited
eyewitnesses who called Hill’s behavior inappropriate and “creepy” but said
that he didn’t break any state ethics rules.
The four women -
Democratic Rep. Mara Candelaria Reardon of Munster, one Republican
legislative staffer and two Democratic legislative aides - filed a federal
lawsuit in June accusing Hill of sexual harassment and defamation.
Hill has denied
wrongdoing and rebuffed calls from Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb and other
state officials to resign, but he faces an October state disciplinary
hearing that could threaten his law license.
Losing his state
attorney’s license or having it suspended could threaten Hill’s position as
attorney general because Indiana law specifies the attorney general must be
“duly licensed to practice law in Indiana.” Hill is a Republican who was
elected in 2016 to a term that runs through the end of 2020.