The disciplinary case against Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill is now officially scheduled to be heard during the week of Oct. 21 at the Indiana Statehouse.
In an order dated Friday and posted online Tuesday, former Indiana Supreme Court Justice Myra Selby, Hill’s hearing officer, announced the attorney ethics hearing against Hill will be held Oct. 21 through 25 in the Indiana Supreme Court conference room, which sits adjacent to the Supreme Court courtroom on the third floor of the Indiana Statehouse.
A time for the hearing was not included in the order.
The five-day hearing will require Hill to defend himself against allegations that he violated lawyer ethics rules by allegedly groping four women at a legislative party in March 2018. Hill has denied the allegations and has so far been cleared of criminal and ethical wrongdoing, but the Indiana Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission chose to file lawyer discipline charges in March 2019.
The scheduling order was handed down less than a week after Selby and attorneys for Hill and the commission met for a pre-hearing conference. The conference, which was opened to the public on Selby’s order, included commission attorneys Seth Pruden and Angie Ordway and Indianapolis criminal defense attorney Jim Voyles, who is representing Hill.
The AG is also being represented by Donald Lundberg, the former head of the disciplinary commission, who attended the conference by phone. Additionally, Jennifer Lukemeyer, one of Voyles’ partners, is also working on the lawyer defense team.
The attorneys had hoped to avoid holding the hearing in the conference room because of bad acoustics. However, Selby told the lawyers last week that the date and location of the hearing would be dependent on several logistical factors, including availability, witness sequestration and security.
Selby also scheduled a final pre-hearing conference for 3 p.m. Oct. 16, with a location still to be announced. The order does not indicate whether that conference will be open to the public.
The scheduling order addressed other administrative matters, including setting deadlines for pre-hearing briefs, an exchange of witness and exhibit lists and motions.
The case is In the Matter of: Curtis T. Hill, Jr., 19S-DI-156.