INDIANAPOLIS — Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry did not mince words in his response to Attorney General Curtis Hill's recent legal filing that claimed Indiana's inspector general, and a special prosecutor, cannot investigate Hill's alleged sexual misconduct.
In a three-page reply brief filed Thursday, Curry declared Hill "is plainly wrong" in his assertion that Inspector General Lori Torres does not have the authority to investigate whether Hill groped state Rep. Mara Candelaria Reardon, D-Munster, and three additional women March 15 at an Indianapolis bar following the adjournment of the General Assembly's annual session.
"Hill's pleading is ultimately grounded in the dubious proposition that a person who is merely suspected of a crime can (a) demand that the request for a special prosecutor include specific information about the nature of the investigation, and (b) dictate what agency is allowed to conduct that investigation," Curry said.
Curry emphasized that under Indiana law "it is obvious" the inspector general has the power to investigate any misconduct in state government, and that Curry was required to seek appointment of a special prosecutor in conjunction with that investigation since Hill is obligated to represent the Marion County prosecutor's office in pending, unrelated civil litigation.
"Hill cites no authority that would permit a court to essentially enjoin that investigatory agency from conducting a criminal investigation," Curry said.
Ironically, Hill initially demanded the Democratic capital city prosecutor oversee any investigation, but changed his tune after Curry last week received judicial approval to step aside in favor of a special prosecutor, as required by law.
It's not known when Marion Superior Judge Lisa Borges will rule on Hill's request to scuttle the ongoing inspector general inquiry.
Hill separately is attempting to build a civil defamation case against unknown individuals at the Legislature who he alleges conspired to include "false and malicious" information in a report about Hill's behavior at A.J.'s Lounge, and then leaked the report to the press.
The Republican has denied inappropriately touching any women at the late-night party.
He's also demanded that GOP state leaders rescind their calls for his immediate resignation.
Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb said Thursday that he believes the four women were sexually harassed by Hill, and the attorney general should resign in accordance with Holcomb's "zero tolerance" policy for sexual harassment in state government.