Indiana's embattled Attorney General Curtis Hill said on Monday he isn't backing down, telling reporters he wants to keep his job and get his good name back.
During Monday's news conference, Hill said due process of law means fairness. He said somehow that standard of fairness and presumption of innocence until proven guilty escaped him.
"I never dreamed this could happen to me," Hill said. And yet here I stand. I stand before you a condemned man. Condemned without trial. Condemned without notice. Condemned without the benefit of any basic rights that ensure fairness."
Hill said his name has been dragged through the gutter by the allegations.
"Apparently in this climate, the standard is guilty and who cares if you're innocent," Hill said.
The remarks come after an Indiana lawmaker and 3 staff members accused Curtis Hill of touching them inappropriately at a party in March. Since then, officials from both sides of the aisle have called for Hill's resignation, including Governor Eric Holcomb.
Hill says the officials are doing so without affording him due process or conducting a fair and independent investigation.
"The fact that the Governor, who appoints the Inspector General, has already determined the outcome of the investigation eliminates the ability of the Inspector General to conduct a fair and independent investigation," Hill said.
In an op-ed published by the Northwest Indiana Times, State Rep. Mara Candelaria Reardon said the incident happened on March 15, as lawmakers and others gathered to mark the end of the legislative session.
She explained what she claims took place during the end-of-session event, and notes that she intended to address the matter directly with Hill. That changed, she said, when she learned of other alleged victims.
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In a written statement Hill released on Friday, he called the allegations against him "vicious and false," making it clear that he will not be resigning his post. Hill also said he was never contacted by an investigator and that he hasn't "been informed of who made these allegations."
"I demand an independent investigation by the Marion County Prosecutor's Office, where my constitutional rights are respected and protected," Hill said. "Once the investigation is complete and I am exonerated, I would hope that my good name is property restored with the same vigor with which it has been tarnished."
Monday's press conference was the first time he's addressed the media directly since the allegations became public. He did not take questions from reporters, saying he hopes to speak openly about what happened at the party when the investigation makes enough progress to allow that.