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Thursday, October 22, 2020 1:00 am

Hill disagrees with hearing's cost

Proposes paying $17,400 instead of nearly $57,000

NIKI KELLY | The Journal Gazette

INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill is disputing thousands of dollars in expenses related to his disciplinary hearing.

The state's attorney disciplinary commission asked the Indiana Supreme Court to order that Hill pay about $57,000 toward expenses in the case. That includes about $8,000 in investigation and litigation costs and nearly $49,000 for former Supreme Court Justice Myra Selby's work as the case's hearing officer.

The case is related to allegations that Hill groped a state lawmaker and three other women during a work-related function in March 2018. Hill completed a 30-day suspension of his law license this year after the Supreme Court found “by clear and convincing evidence that (Hill) committed the criminal act of battery” against the women.

But Hill filed a response this week calling into question about $39,000 in costs and expenses.

Instead, he proposes he pay a maximum of $2,654.66 to the disciplinary commission, $14,497.55 for hearing officer expenses, and $250 to the clerk. That is a total of about $17,400.

Hill said he shouldn't have to pay five hours of consulting time between Selby and a colleague at Ice Miller, noting the Indiana Supreme Court appointed Selby, not the law firm.

He also said he shouldn't pay for about eight hours of Selby's time dealing with media matters.

“The Respondent did not turn this case into a media circus. The complaining Witnesses and their counsel did,” Hill said in his filing.

In addition, Hill questioned the use of a hotel room for two nights to prep a witness who was staying in a separate hotel room across town.

Also, Hill noted Selby spent time dealing with two issues in which outside people intervened in the case. One was when the state inspector general tried to quash a subpoena.

Hill lastly reduced commission expenses based on the fact that they did not win on all charges in the discipline case.

The commission has 10 days to file a response, and the Indiana Supreme Court will ultimately decide how much Hill will have to pay.

Hill is finishing out the year as attorney general, having lost in the primary to Republican Todd Rokita.

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