Indiana legislature hires outside attorney in groping lawsuit

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Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill returns to his desk following a news conference at the Statehouse in Indianapolis, Monday, July 9, 2018. Hill is rejecting calls to resign, saying his name "has been dragged through the gutter" amid allegations that he inappropriately touched a lawmaker and several other women. The Republican said during the news conference that he stands "falsely and publicly accused of abhorrent behavior." (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana’s legislative leaders have hired an outside attorney to represent the General Assembly in a federal lawsuit alleging that state Attorney General Curtis Hill drunkenly groped four women.

A state lawmaker and three legislative staffers sued the former Elkhart County Prosecuting Attorney and the state of Indiana last month over his alleged groping of them at an Indianapolis bar during a party marking the end of last year’s legislative session.

The House and Senate aren’t named in the lawsuit but The Journal Gazette reports the chambers’ leaders have hired Indianapolis attorney Susan Zoeller to represent their interests because they’re seeking to intervene in that complaint.

Indiana’s attorney general typically represents state agencies and offices in lawsuits, but House Speaker Brian Bosma and Senate President Pro Tem Rodric Bray say that isn’t workable in this case.

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