Recent allegations of sexual harassment against Indiana Attorney General Curtis T. Hill pose a deeper problem for the law firm of the State. The leader of the Indiana Democratic Party, John Zody, and others are calling for the Republican Attorney General to resign in wake of allegations Hill inappropriately touched four women attending an end of legislative session party at AJ’s Lounge in Indianapolis. The question of Hill’s future as Attorney General and a potential replacement sheds light on another pending controversy involving the Office of the Indiana Attorney General.
A July 2, 2018 filing in a public records lawsuit seeking grand jury audio, addresses the disturbing concession made by Hill’s office in a separate legal action currently before the Indiana Court of Appeals. The appellee brief filed on behalf of the State of Indiana, makes a default concession that the Dearborn Superior Court II engaged in a conspiracy to alter grand jury records to assist the prosecution. The public records lawsuit seeks the original audio from same grand jury proceeding mentioned in the State’s appellee brief. Hill’s office also represents defendants Judge Brian Hill and the Dearborn Superior Court II/Judge Sally McLaughlin in the public records lawsuit; the individuals who altered and/or obstructed the release of grand jury audio. Now the Attorney General is trying to convince the public records court that the admission of a conspiracy to alter grand jury records in the State’s appellee brief is not relevant to the public records lawsuit. Hill’s office simply claims the issues are irrelevant because the evidence regarding the admission of misconduct is being “appropriately litigated” in a separate appellate action. The common denominator linking the aforementioned public records lawsuit, the State’s brief in a pending appeal, and Hill’s recent sexual harassment allegations, lies in the identity of whom the Dearborn Superior Court II conspired to help. The Dearborn Superior Court II conspired to alter grand jury records to assist former Dearborn County Prosecutor F. Aaron Negangard; current Chief Deputy and potential successor to Indiana Attorney General Curtis T. Hill.
As of the publication of this article, Curtis T. Hill has not resigned from office.