Public Money Won’t Be Used By Indiana AG Curtis Hill To Fight Civil Cases


first_imgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare Public Money Won’t Be Used By Indiana AG Curtis Hill To Fight Civil CasesDECEMBER 23RD, 2018 AMANDA DECKER INDIANAIndiana Attorney General Curtis Hill’s private attorney said he doesn’t plan to take any public funds to defend Hill against any discrimination or civil claims eventually filed by a lawmaker and three legislative staffers who say Hill drunkenly groped them at a party in March.Employment attorney Kevin Betz told The Indianapolis Star he won’t take state money, despite a draft of the contract that showed his firm, Betz + Blevins, would receive up to $100,000 in public money to represent Hill and the attorney general’s office. Betz, a longtime friend of Hill’s, would receive $550 an hour under the draft contract, first disclosed by the Star.“I do not plan to take any public money for representing the state of Indiana, Curtis T. Hill or the Office of the Attorney General as to any of the facts asserted in the four (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) charges,” Betz said.Hill spokesman Chris Proffitt said Betz’s firm is representing the state free of charge against the claims that four women have filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.“There is no legal action pending against Curtis Hill,” Proffitt noted. “The only filings, at this time, have been EEOC charges filed against the state of Indiana.”A special prosecutor declined in October to pursue any criminal charges against Hill, despite a state report that witnesses said Hill touched the women inappropriately during the March party at an Indianapolis bar. Hill has denied groping the four women, including Democratic state Rep. Mara Candelaria Reardon.So far, Hill hasn’t used any public funds to defend himself, instead of drawing on campaign money and creating a legal defense fund.While public officials to use taxpayer funds to defend themselves in lawsuits related to acts that happened while they were acting in the capacity of a state employee, using such funds would be difficult to justify in Hill’s case, said Jennifer Drobac, an Indiana University law professor who studies sexual harassment.“It’s perfectly understandable for Hoosiers to pick up the bill when a state employee is doing something they were supposed to be doing,” she said. “When Curtis Hill goes into a bar and (inappropriately touches women), that is nowhere near what he is supposed to be doing. I don’t know why taxpayers should be paying for it.”___ TwitterFacebooklast_img read more

Spaulding ends absence from victory lane at Oshkosh


first_imgBy Dave Panske OSHKOSH, Wis. (May 30) – Travis Spaulding moved into the top spot on lap nine and following a fi­nal caution on lap 11, settled in for a long run to the end of Friday’s Automotive Supply Company IMCA Modified feature at Oshkosh SpeedZone Raceway.Sean Jerovetz, Chris Engels, Brian Drexler and Eddie Muenster ran behind the leader to the fin­ish.This win by Spaulding was his first here since Aug. 3, 2010. The Karl Chevrolet SportMods started off with Bernie Miller grabbing the lead and Cory Wegner, Brekken Kleinschmidt, Kevin Bethke and Jeff Schmuhl close behind. After a lap two caution, Bethke took the lead for one lap before Ryan Besaw took charge. A final caution on lap seven gave Colten Van Hierden a shot at the lead with Schmuhl, Besay and Steve Schneider behind. For the rest of the contest Van Hierden held off all challenges until lap 19, when Schmuhl was able to work into the top spot and drove to his first-ever feature win at the Speedzone. Besaw was also able to sneak by to take the runner-up spot with Van Hierden taking third. Brock Saundes and Jon Schulz rounded out the top five. Jake Linderby took the Total Power Sales IMCA Stock Car lead followed by Harley Simon, Dylan Heilmann, Justin Jacobsen and David Hoerning. A flat tire forced Simon out of the running on lap seven as point leader Travis Van Straten moved into second. Following a caution on lap eight, Van Straten overtook Lunderby, settled into the lead and pulled away from the field. A late caution on lap 17 bunched the field but Van Straten was able to collect his third straight feature win. Dustin Lowberger took second from Lunderby after the last restart and followed Van Straten to the checkers. Lunderby took his best finish so far with third. John Heinz was fourth followed by Hoerning.last_img read more