INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Eric Holcomb has filed a motion with the Indiana Supreme Court seeking clarification on Monday’s ruling to suspend Attorney General Curtis Hill from practicing law for 30 days.
Holcomb is asking the court to clarify whether the suspension creates a vacancy in Hill’s office, in which case the governor would be required to name a successor.
In the motion, the governor says the court’s ruling “left open the issue of whether the suspension from the practice of law equates to not being duly licensed to practice law in Indiana, in which event he would no longer meet the statutory qualifications required to be the Attorney General.”
After the court’s ruling came down Monday, Hill released a statement saying Chief Deputy Aaron Negangard will assume responsibility for the legal operations of the attorney general’s office beginning May 18, when Hill’s suspension goes into effect.
Holcomb’s motion says, however, “While an Attorney General can hire deputies to assist him…nowhere in the Indiana Code has the Attorney General been given authority to name a deputy to assume his statutory duties and powers.”
A timeline for a response to the governor’s motion is not known.