New Castle doctor’s license suspended after investigation into inappropriate touching of patients

HENRY COUNTY, Ind.– A Henry County doctor’s license has been suspended following allegations that he exploited women who were his patients.

Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill announced the action by the Medical Licensing Board on Thursday.

Dr. Benjamin Loveridge is accused of “repeatedly touching female patients and attempting to engage them in sexual relationships,” according to Hill.

Loveridge practiced in New Castle at the Kane Loveridge Wellness Group, which he owns and operates with his wife.

According to the indictment, Loveridge has a history of similar allegations. His license was on probation from 2011-2015. He also faced similar complaints as a doctor in the U.S. Air Force and while practicing in Utah.

Kane Loveridge Wellness Group sign

The Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit launched an investigation after a patient said she was touched in a sexual manner during an office visit. More patients reported similar patterns of behavior to investigators.

“Our Medicaid Fraud Control Unit works tirelessly to protect Hoosiers from the harmful actions of those who would abuse their positions of trust,” Attorney General Hill said. “This investigation is yet another example of this team’s dedicated and diligent service.”

Loveridge won’t be able to practice medicine in Indiana for 90 days. At some point a board will determine if the suspension should continue for an additional 90 days.

At this time, no criminal charges have been filed.

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AG Hill files brief opposing South Bend abortion clinic's request for injunction

Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill filed a brief with the federal court opposing Whole Woman's Health Alliance's request for a preliminary injunction that would allow them to open an abortion clinic in South Bound.

The WWHA would provide medication induced abortions to patients and would not perform surgical abortions.

In the 48 page brief filed on Monday, Hill says if the court rules in favor of WWHA, the clinic could operate without a license and it would be impossible for the state to monitor compliance with abortion laws.

The AG also states the group running WWHA did not provide all of the information requested by the Indiana State Department of Health during the application process, including the group's affiliate locations.

Read more from ABC 57 here.

Indiana AG files suit against company accused of deceptive advertising


INDIANAPOLIS (WNDU) - 
Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill is pursuing legal action against a promotions company over allegations of deceptive advertising.

The issue involves mailing that allegedly led Hoosiers to falsely believe they won valuable prizes.

Hill alleges Texas-based Hopkins and Raines Inc. sent mailings to 2.1 million Hoosiers as part of 56 different promotions for car dealers in Indiana between March of 2016 and March of 2018.

Each mailing reportedly said all recipients had won significant prizes when they had not.

Read more from WDNU here.

How safe are your health records? Security breaches a major disadvantage to electronic over paper

The use of electronic medical records has been gaining in popularity for the last decade, particularly since 2011, when doctors were offered financial incentives under the Affordable Care Act to switch from paper to computers.

The advantages of electronic health records include improved patient care and coordination between doctors and other medical staff; increased patient participation; better diagnostics and patient outcomes; and cost savings, according to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology.

The disadvantages are huge, however. There is a potential for security breaches where hackers can access patient records and more.

So, how safe are your medical records?

SECURITY ISSUES

In December 2018, Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill announced that he was leading a 12-state federal lawsuit against a Fort Wayne web-based electronic health records company that allegedly sustained a data breach, compromising the data of more than 3.9 million people.

Between May 7, 2015, and May 26, 2015, hackers infiltrated WebChart, a web application run by Medical Informatics Engineering (MIE).

The hackers stole names, telephone numbers, mailing addresses, user names, passwords, security questions and answers, email addresses, dates of birth, Social Security numbers, lab results, health insurance policy information, diagnosis, doctors’ names, medical conditions, and children’s names and birth statistics, according to the Indiana Attorney General’s office.

In addition to using hacked information for financial purposes, hackers also want your health information in order to receive medical care, buy drugs, buy medical equipment (which is often resold on the black market) or submit fake claims.

Ultimately, a consent judgment was filed, forcing MIE to take a variety of steps to shore up the security of patient records.

“We will always act to protect Hoosier consumers in cases such as this one,” Hill said in a statement. “We make it our standard practice to pursue all penalties and remedies available under the law on behalf of our citizens, and we hope our proactive measures serve to motivate all companies doing business in Indiana to exercise the highest ethics and utmost diligence.”

Hospitals across the country have taken note and are constantly updating their systems to protect patient privacy.

Mark Kutin, chief information security officer at Community Howard Regional Health in Kokomo, said they have a team of people “dedicated to access control.”

“The safety of information we’re entrusted with is one of our top concerns,” he said. “We strive to maintain the integrity and trust of our patients.”

To that end, the hospital has a variety of checks and balances to protect health records.

“One of the programs we use is a palm-scanning software,” said Kutin. “Patients can opt into the program, which allows them to access their medical records when they place their hand on a reader that will tie it to their unique handprint.”

He said staff is constantly trained and updated. “There are open lines of communication with the staff and we are always looking at new technologies. The safety of information we’re entrusted with is one of our top concerns. We strive to maintain the integrity and trust of our patients.”

PATIENT CARE

Dr. Laura Stage, a pediatrician at North Central Indiana Pediatric Center, said electronic records have many benefits when it comes to patient care.

“The first thing I do when I start my day is pull up appointments on the computer,” she said. “Medical records are linked to those appointments, so I can click on the appointments and get the patients’ charts.

“When the patient is seen I write notes about the visit and the diagnosis. I can also send prescriptions automatically to their pharmacy,” she said. “The computer will also flag issues with prescriptions; double-checks are built into the system.”

Another advantage, she said, is electronic notes are much easier to read than handwritten notes by doctors, which are notoriously difficult to read.

One of the disadvantages is that some patients have complained that doctors are looking at the computer rather than making eye contact with the patient.

An analysis of nearly 60 doctors in four states shows electronic health record systems designed to speed patient referrals and improve treatment are contributing to doctor burnout and taking away from patient care. The findings from a “time and motion” study are published in the Sept. 6, 2018, issue of Annals of Internal Medicine.

“For every hour physicians provide direct clinical face time to patients, nearly 2 additional hours is spent on EHR and desk work within the clinic day,” researchers wrote. “Outside office hours, physicians spend another one to two hours of personal time each night doing additional computer and other clerical work.”

To counter that, Stage said she uses a computer mounted on a wall “so I’m not looking up or down, but making eye contact.”

According to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, the advantage of electronic health records also include:

• Providing accurate, up-to-date, and complete information about patients at the point of care.

• Enabling quick access to patient records for more coordinated, efficient care.

• Securely sharing electronic information with patients and other clinicians.

• Helping providers more effectively diagnose patients, reduce medical errors, and provide safer care.

• Improving patient and provider interaction and communication, as well as health care convenience.

• Helping providers improve productivity and work-life balance.

• Enabling providers to improve efficiency and meet their business goals.

• Reducing costs through decreased paperwork, improved safety, reduced duplication of testing, and improved health.

One of the main things that the healthcare profession touts is that patients are getting more involved in their own care with the use of electronic health records.

“Studies show patients involved with their own care have better outcomes,” said Kutin. “We give them a tablet and they can access their own care plan, names and pictures of the care team and their current medications.”

The bottom line is to constantly monitor the safety of patients’ health records while improving patient care, he said. “And that is what really matters.”

Read more from the Herald Bulletin here.

Indiana Included in Walgreens Settlement

INDIANAPOLIS -

Indiana has joined in settling two whistleblower lawsuits against Walgreens. Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill says the agreements resolve allegations that Walgreens knowingly over-dispensed insulin pens to Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries and billed Medicaid for certain drugs at higher-than-allowed rates.

Walgreens will pay $209.2 million in the insulin pen settlement, with $89.1 million going to the state Medicaid programs. Indiana Medicaid is set to receive $2.9 million. The company also sold certain drugs at higher prices in its Prescription Savings Club, which enabled Walgreens to recoup more money from state Medicaid programs than it was entitled. Under the Discount Drug Pricing Settlement, Walgreens will pay $60 million, with nearly $30 million going to state Medicaid programs. Indiana Medicaid will receive $953,742.96.

A National Association of Medicaid Fraud Control Unit Team including representatives from the Office of the Indiana Attorney General conducted settlement negotiations on behalf of the states.

Read more from Inside Indiana Business here.

Attorney General Transition Website Open

Over the past month, our transition team has come together to prepare and assist me in my transition into the Office of the Attorney General. This transition is focused on assuring that the office is well prepared to take on any challenge that our state may face, to defend the rights of Hoosiers and to operate with integrity and high ethical standards.
 
If you have a passion for serving your fellow Hoosiers, working to defend our liberties and want to serve as a public servant, then I implore you to consider applying for a role within the Office of the Attorney General.  Starting this morning, our transition website ProtectingFreedom.org is open for applications to serve in the Office of the Attorney General. To go to the website, click HERE.

Please share this page with others who you believe would be well equipped to serve our state in the Office of the Attorney General.

Thank you,

Curtis Hill
Attorney General-Elect

Thank You

Thank You

On election night, I was honored to be elected Indiana’s 43rd Attorney General. I want to thank all of the hardworking volunteers and supporters of our campaign, I am so appreciative of your work to ensure our victory on election night. We were victorious because of the energy and the message of bold, fresh leadership that our campaign brought to the table.
 
We could not have been successful without the time and passion that everyone put into our campaign. We came together and were able to earn a record setting 1,642,555 votes across the state.

I am deeply grateful and humbled by your support. This would not have been possible without the voters, volunteers and donors who believe in our “tough-on-government overreach, drugs and crime” message in order to provide a prosperous future for our children. Thank you all for placing your trust in me. 

My job as your next Attorney General will be to fight those elements that destroy hope within our communities. I have the courage to lead with tough, focused resolve. I will never hesitate to protect your rights, your freedoms and your safety to the best of my ability. And I am determined to make Indiana the home that we all want and deserve.
 
Thank you for your encouragement during this long election season. Now, let’s move forward together to protect our Hoosier way of life.

Thank you,

Curtis Hill

Attorney General-Elect

Negangard To Become Second-In-Command At Ind. Attorney General’s Office

Negangard To Become Second-In-Command At Ind. Attorney General’s Office

This article was published by Eagle Country Online 99.3 on November 23, 2016.

(Dearborn County, Ind.) – After 10 years in the role, Dearborn and Ohio Counties Prosecutor Aaron Negangard is leaving the job.

Negangard told members of Dearborn County Council on Tuesday that he will take a job as the chief deputy attorney general for Indiana Attorney General-elect Curtis Hill.

Negangard, who has been heading Hill’s transition team, will start his new gig in Indianapolis on January 9, but told Eagle Country 99.3 he plans to continue serving as the local prosecutor up until about January 6.

“I love being a prosecutor. It’s a wonderful job and I’ve loved the opportunity to serve the people of Dearborn and Ohio counties,” he said. “I think my experience here can be taken to serve at the state level and help bring Curtis Hill’s vision to the Indiana Attorney General’s Office.”

As chief deputy, Negangard will be the second-in-command at the 400-plus employee attorney general’s office. Negangard had helped Hill, the current prosecutor in Elkhart County, during his campaign. He eagerly points out that Hill gained more votes than any statewide candidate in Indiana history.

Hill and Negangard met in the early 2000s. They became close friends and colleagues over the past years, working together on criminal justice reform issues at the state level together.

“I’m excited to work for him. Together we’ll be able to do great things for the state and develop programs that can serve as a model nationwide,” said Negangard.

The one-time Lawrenceburg High School student was first appointed prosecutor in 2006 when former prosecutor Sally McLaughlin was appointed by then-Governor Mitch Daniels to become the judge of the new Dearborn Superior Court II. Negangard was later re-elected to two more terms in 2010 and 2014.

A formal letter of resignation has not yet been submitted to the clerks of court in each county, he said. The prosecutor is leaving in the middle of a four-year term that runs through 2018. That means the Republican parties in Dearborn and Ohio counties will have to caucus to select a new prosecutor.

His father, Dick, was once principal of Greendale Middle School and Lawrenceburg High School. His grandfather, Ernest, was Dearborn County’s longest serving sheriff from 1946 until 1959.

More Than 60 Local Prosecutors Offer Bi-Partisan Endorsement of Curtis Hill for AG

More Than 60 Local Prosecutors Offer Bi-Partisan Endorsement of Curtis Hill for AG

ELKHART, Ind. – Over 70 percent of Indiana’s local Prosecuting Attorneys have endorsed Curtis Hill for Indiana State Attorney General in this week’s election. Hill is currently in his fourth term as Elkhart County’s Prosecutor and has gained a local, statewide and national reputation for protecting the rights of all citizens.

“It’s important for the Indiana State Attorney General to have good working relationships with
Prosecutors across the state, in order to best serve their interests and represent the needs of communities  across Indiana,” said Hill. “The bi-partisan support I’ve received from these Prosecutors, as well as from Hoosiers I’ve talked to as I’ve toured the state, reaffirms my commitment to being a tough and fair leader who protects all citizens.”

“I sincerely thank these hard-working, dedicated officials for their support and look forward to working with all of Indiana’s Prosecutors as your next Attorney General,” Hill added.

Following is a list of the Prosecutors who have officially endorsed Hill.

  • Jeremy Brown, Adams County Prosecutor
  • Karen Richards, Allen County Prosecutor
  • William Nash, Bartholomew County Prosecutor
  • John Wright, Benton County Prosecutor
  • Kevin Basey, Blackford County Prosecutor
  • Todd Meyer, Boone County Prosecutor
  • Theodore Adams, Brown County Prosecutor
  • Lisa Swaim, Cass County Prosecutor
  • Jeremy Mull, Clark County Prosecutor
  • Robert Pell, Clay County Prosecutor
  • Nicholas Haverstock, Crawford County Prosecutor
  • Daniel Murrie, Daviess County Prosecutor
  • Aaron Negangard, Dearborn/Ohio County Prosecutor
  • Nate Harter, Decatur County Prosecutor
  • ClaraMary Winebrenner, DeKalb County Prosecutor
  • Jeff Arnold, Delaware County Prosecutor
  • Vicki Becker, Elkhart County Chief Deputy
  • Bette Jones, Fayette County Prosecutor
  • Steve Owen, Floyd County Chief Deputy
  • Teryl Martin, Fountain County Prosecutor
  • Mel Wilhelm, Franklin County Prosecutor
  • Robert Krieg, Gibson County Prosecutor
  • Jim Luttrull, Grant County Prosecutor
  • Jarrod Holtsclaw, Greene County Prosecutor
  • Lee Buckingham, Hamilton County Prosecutor
  • Brent Eaton, Hancock County Prosecutor
  • Otto Schalk, Harrison County Prosecutor
  • Patricia Baldwin, Hendricks County Prosecutor
  • Amy Richison, Huntington County Prosecutor
  • Amy Marie Travis, Jackson County Prosecutor
  • Christine Haskell, Jasper County Prosecutor
  • Brian Belding, Jennings County Prosecutor
  • Bradley Cooper, Johnson County Prosecutor
  • Daniel Hampton, Kosciusko County Prosecutor
  • Gregory Kenner, LaGrange County Prosecutor
  • Michelle Woodward, Lawrence County Prosecutor
  • Rodney Cummings, Madison County Prosecutor
  • Nelson Chipman, Marshall County Prosecutor
  • Bruce Embrey, Miami County Prosecutor
  • Joseph Buser, Montgomery County Prosecutor
  • Steve Sonnega, Morgan County Prosecutor
  • Jeff Drinski, Newton County Prosecutor
  • Eric Blackman, Noble County Prosecutor
  • Kelly Minton, Orange County Prosecutor
  • Donald VanDerMoere, Owen County Prosecutor
  • Steve Cvengros, Parke County Prosecutor
  • Brian Gensel, Porter County Prosecutor
  • Travis Clowers, Posey County Prosecutor
  • Daniel Murphy, Pulaski County Prosecutor
  • Tim Bookwalter, Putnam County Prosecutor
  • David Daly, Randolph County Prosecutor
  • Ric Hertel, Ripley County Prosecutor
  • Philip Caviness, Rush County Prosecutor
  • Brad Landwerlen, Shelby County Prosecutor
  • Nick Bourff, Starke County Prosecutor
  • Jeremy Musser, Steuben County Prosecutor
  • Patrick Harrington, Tippecanoe County Prosecutor
  • Jay Rich, Tipton County Prosecutor
  • Nick Hermann, Vanderburgh County Prosecutor
  • Bill Hartley, Wabash County Prosecutor
  • John Larson, Warren County Prosecutor
  • Mike Perry, Warrick County Prosecutor
  • Justin Houchin, Washington County Prosecutor
  • Michael Shipman, Wayne County Prosecutor
  • Bob Guy, White County Prosecutor

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Curtis Hill is 'Defending Freedom' by The Elkhart Truth

Curtis Hill is 'Defending Freedom' by The Elkhart Truth

ELKHART — After nearly a year of campaigning, Elkhart County Prosecutor Curtis Hill soon will find out if he'll be taking on a statewide post, serving all Indiana residents.

The Republican from Elkhart, now in his fourth term as prosecutor, is running for the Indiana attorney general's post against Democrat Lorenzo Arredondo, a former Lake County Circuit Court judge. Election Day is Tuesday.

"It's been busy. I've traveled to much of Indiana," Hill said this week.

The incumbent, Greg Zoeller, didn't seek re-election. Instead, he ran unsuccessfully for the 9th District U.S. House seat in the May GOP primary. Hill, who announced his candidacy last December, won nomination as the GOP attorney general candidate at the Indiana Republican Convention last June.

During his campaign, Hill has attended intimate meetings with small groups, large political gatherings and more.

"My message seems to be well received in all parts of the state," said Hill, who has taken a tough stance at times against suspects processed through the prosecutor's office. Broadly, he puts a focus on "defending freedom," he said, and "protecting family."

The attorney general's race has been overshadowed by the gubernatorial contest between Democrat John Gregg and Republican Eric Holcomb and the U.S. Senate race between Republican Todd Young and Democrat Evan Bayh.

Judging by funding, though, Hill's campaign has been getting plenty of attention.

His campaign finance report filed on Tuesday shows that he had generated $1.4 million in funding for the year through Oct. 24, with $335,301 left at the end of the period. Arredondo had generated $136,916 in the same period, with $65,609 left.

By way of comparison, U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski, a Republican from Jimtown and perhaps the highest-profile candidate from north-central Indiana, had generated $1.73 million during the election cycle as of Sept. 30, with $757,762 left.

STOPPING OVERREACH

"Protecting family," one of Hill's campaign messages, is "something near and dear to my heart as prosecutor." By that, he means fighting drugs and drug trafficking.

"There are serious drug problems throughout the state," Hill said, alluding to heroin, opioids and meth. "So many people are wanting to know what type of steps can be taken."

Hill calls for a three-pronged approach – stricter enforcement of laws against trafficking, developing more affordable and accessible treatment options for drug abusers and putting more of a focus on preventing people from turning to drugs and crime in the first place.

Beyond that, his focus on "defending freedom" is a response to what he sees as federal government overreach, that is, federal agencies "bypassing Congress" and imposing their rules and regulations on state government. It's the attorney general's role to counter those kinds of intrusions.

"The attorney general has the responsibility of defending the state's interest in those regards," Hill said.

Beyond that, the attorney general aids in consumer protection, fights Medicaid fraud, protects against identity theft and more.

Some Republicans have long speculated about Hill's potential as a candidate for higher office, beyond the Elkhart County Prosecutor's Office. For now, he says he's focused on the campaign to be attorney general.

"We're taking one day at a time. Let's get past Nov. 8 and do this job," he said.

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Curtis Hill Releases Second TV Ad Defining Priorities

Curtis Hill Releases Second TV Ad Defining Priorities

ELKHART, Ind. – As the November 8th election quickly approaches, Curtis Hill, Republican nominee for Attorney General of Indiana, released his second TV ad today, titled “Meet Curtis Hill.”

The ad will run in multiple media markets across Indiana on broadcast and cable networks. The ad begins by asking “Who’s Curtis Hill?” and then explaining that “He’s an experienced trusted prosecutor. He’s a public servant who has dedicated his career to seeking justice for victims and accountability for violent criminals. A husband, father of five, lifelong Hoosier.”

The ad continues by stating Hill’s priorities as Indiana’s Attorney General, saying that he’s committed to “Defeating the drug crisis. Stopping the horror of human trafficking. Guarding our seniors against scams and fraud. And inspiring solutions.”

According to Hill, the ad clearly and concisely states why he is the most qualified candidate for Attorney General. “I’ve had a successful career in my four terms as Elkhart County Prosecutor. I’ve always worked for the people and been tough on criminals,” he says. “Indiana is my home. It’s where my wife and I chose to raise our children. We need a better, safer Indiana that holds criminals accountable and provides justice for victims.”

Curtis Hill has served as Prosecuting Attorney for Elkhart County since 2003. He received his B.S. degree in Marketing from Indiana University, and his Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from the Indiana University School of Law. Hill maintains a very active role in local, state and national organizations. He and his wife, Teresa, have five children.

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Frost Illustrated Article Features Curtis Hill's Personal Passion to Be Indiana's Next Attorney General

Frost Illustrated Article Features Curtis Hill's Personal Passion to Be Indiana's Next Attorney General

FORT WAYNE—Curtis Hill has made a career—and life—of defending the rule of law. He said to do so requires courage and leadership. His devotion to those principles comes from an early life experience and a lesson his father taught him.

“When my father was a young man in his late 20s, he bought a small piece of land in which to build a new home for his young family. He was immediately confronted by his would be neighbors who informed him in no uncertain terms that neither he nor his family were welcome in the neighborhood,” said Hill of his African American family that was moving into a previously all-white neighborhood. “They gave him an ultimatum to sell them his land, or else. But, my father did not sell and chose to build his home where my 88-year-old mother lives to this day.”

Hill said his father was willing to defend his family and his ideals with his life.

“One of my earliest memories as a small boy was of my father bringing home a new shotgun the day after our home has been bombed. My father did not break nor did he turn his back on his idea of the American dream. He taught us an invaluable lesson that day—that  even in America you have to fight for your freedom. I have many examples of my mother and my father exhibiting courage in the face of adversity and insulating us from fear while instilling in us a  level of courage and responsibility that has lead me to my career public service.”

Hill hopes to bring that same determination to the office of Indiana Attorney General, a position for which he is vying in the upcoming Nov. 8 General Election.

In addition to a solid moral background and fighting spirit his parents gave him growing up, Hill said he also has the experience to manage the office and be the perfect servant for the people of Indiana.

“My 14 years  serving Elkhart County as prosecuting attorney have prepared me to serve the people of Indiana as their attorney general. The office  of the attorney general is a large public interest law firm that requires strong leadership,” explained Hill. “As prosecutor, I transformed a part-time inefficient prosecutor’s office into a full-time operation regarded as one of the most effective prosecutor’s office in this state.”

That work, he said, also included taking a hands on approach to the duties of the office and reaching out to the people.

“I have not only tried and handled hundreds of cases personally but I have successfully administered the office. As an advocate on behalf of Hoosiers for the last 27 years, I have sat with the victims who have lost their children.  I have held violent criminals accountable for their actions,” said Hill. “I have developed a mindset that can contribute solutions. Indiana needs an attorney general with my background and experience and I am ready to lead.”

Hill explained that many people aren’t clear on the attorney general role in the state. While people often hear of modern attorneys general defending state laws against the federal government, he said the primary role of the attorney general is to act on behalf of the citizens of the state.

“The attorney general   in Indiana is the chief legal officer for the state but more, also the advocate for the people,” said Hill, adding that the office does also have the responsibility that many see being exercised in today’s political climate, protect consumers and manage criminal convictions.

“The attorney general has the authority to sue on behalf of the State of Indiana and to defend the State when sued. The attorney general is responsible for defending the constitution including the 10th Amendment of the Constitution which protects Hoosiers against unconstitutional federal overreach. The Attorney General is responsible for protecting the interests of consumers against fraud scams and irregular business practices while also overseeing Indiana’s regulatory process. Criminal convictions are secured by the Appellate division. Many other responsibilities and initiatives make the attorney general’s office one of the most significant responsibilities of state government,” explained Hill.

The attorney general hopeful pointed to a number of crucial issues facing Indiana that he said must be addressed.

“The staggering drug epidemic  led by the explosion of heroin across our state is destroying lives and substantially altering the futures of too many people. My experience fighting drug abuse is essential to defeating this problem,” said Hill.

He also said that “disturbing acts of violence are becoming more more commonplace and human trafficking has emerged as a growing concern” in the state of Indiana.

Unlike many other politicians, Hill is not shy about addressing a controversial issue that has been plaguing the nation.

“Racial discord and tension over the fairness of our justice system and support for law enforcement and the rule of law has hit a boiling point and must be addressed,” said Hill.

He said the key is starting dialogue from a point of common ground.

“Traveling   the entire state of Indiana  and listening, I have learned that  we share so much more in common than that which keeps us separate. At our core, we all yearn to be free to pursue our happiness.  We may have different perspectives that require a bridge.  My responsibility as Attorney General is to protect freedom and provide that bridge to ensure that each Hoosier had the opportunity to pursue their vision of happiness.  As a leader ,it is my responsibility to find  the common ground. by encouraging the higher ground in solving problems that impede our optimum success as a free people.

He also said issues such as cybercrime need to be addressed by the office of the attorney general.

“Technology that was intended to enhance our lives is now being used by criminals intent on disrupting our lives,” explained Hill.

He also said he also wants to help create a better business climate for the state of Indiana.

“The ever expanding federal government is increasing the burdens on our businesses and economy contrary to the 10th Amendment of the United States Constitution,” said Hill, adding that he wants to help alleviate those burdens.

Hill said the Indiana office of the attorney general has operated with consistency for the past 16 years and that there are some things that the office does very well and that his team would continue at enhanced those areas as required. But, he said he would continue to evaluate all the office’s areas and programs to evaluate their effectiveness and make improvements if necessary.

“I anticipate some structural reorganization that will provide for accountability to the office as should be a case for any large public service law firm. There will be training and service. The focus of the attorney general staff will be to facilitate top quality service to the public,” explained Hill.

At the end of the day, Hill said the role of a public servant is simple:

“The only role of government is to secure our God given rights which include life liberty and the pursuit of happiness,” said Hill.

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State Police PAC Endorses Curtis Hill for Attorney General

State Police PAC Endorses Curtis Hill for Attorney General

ELKHART, Ind. – The Indiana State Police Alliance-PAC (ISPA-PAC) has endorsed Curtis Hill for Attorney General of Indiana. ISPA-PAC is a political action committee sponsored by the Indiana State Police Alliance. Its membership consists of roughly 80% of the individuals who serve as State Troopers.

In his endorsement letter, David Kirkham, ISPA-PAC Chairman, states, “Due to the exemplary and long standing support that you have shown for issues that effect Law Enforcement officers and the Indiana State Police Department, the ISPA-PAC is honored to announce the collective support and endorsement of its membership for your campaign. Your efforts have benefitted Indiana’s Troopers and their families and your support will not be forgotten.”

In accepting the endorsement, Hill said, “I have deep respect for the men and women of the Indiana State Police, as well as all Law Enforcement officers across the state and throughout our nation. As your next Attorney General, I look forward to working with them to make Indiana a safer place to live, work and raise a family.”

Curtis Hill has served as Prosecuting Attorney for Elkhart County since 2003. He received his B.S. degree in Marketing from Indiana University, and his Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from the Indiana University School of Law. Hill maintains a very active role in local, state and national organizations. He and his wife, Teresa, have five children.

Over 30 Indiana Senators Endorse Curtis Hill for Attorney General

Over 30 Indiana Senators Endorse Curtis Hill for Attorney General

Friends,

With just over a week left until the election, I am humbled to announce a list of endorsements for my campaign for Attorney General that includes officials at the federal, state and local levels. While the vast majority of county prosecutors have been with me since I announced my candidacy in December, many of the additional names of Indiana Senators have joined in the past week showing clear momentum headed into the election.

As I have shared along the way, I believe with the right leadership we will meet and overcome the obstacles we face as Hoosiers. I would be honored to bring my experience, my passion and my fighting spirit to the Attorney General’s office to meet these challenges head-on. That is why I am deeply humbled to have the support of so many federal, state and local officials. Together we will fight against excessive federal overreach and work every day to protect Hoosiers from frauds, scams and violent crime.

  • Senator Ron Alting
  • Senator Jim Banks
  • Senator Eric Bassler
  • enator Phil Boots
  • Senator Rod Bray
  • Senator Liz Brown
  • enator Jim Buck
  • Senator Mike Crider
  • Senator Mike Delph
  • Senator Doug Eckerty
  • Senator Jon Ford
  • Senator Sue Glick
  • Senator Randy Head 
  • Senator Brandt Hershman
  • Senator Travis Holdman
  • Senator Erin Houchin
  • Senator Luke Kenley
  • Senator Dennis Kruse
  • Senator David Long
  • Senator Jim Merritt
  • Senator Mark Messmer
  • Senator Pat Miller
  • Senator Pete Miller
  • Senator Ryan Mishler
  • Senator Jeff Raatz
  • Senator Scott Schneider
  • Senator Jim Smith
  • Senator Brent Steele
  • enator Jim Tomes
  • Senator Greg Walker
  • Senator Carlin Yoder
  • Senator Mike Young
  • Senator Joe Zakas

Thank you,
Curtis Hill
Candidate for Indiana Attorney General

Curtis Hill Endorsed By Two Major Newspapers

Curtis Hill Endorsed By Two Major Newspapers

ELKHART, Ind. – Fort Wayne’s Journal Gazette and The Times of Northwest Indiana (NWI
Times) have both endorsed Curtis Hill for Attorney General of Indiana. Hill is the Republican
nominee and an experienced prosecuting attorney.

In its endorsement, the Journal Gazette compared the qualifications of the two candidates for
Attorney General and concluded, “For this job, leadership skills may outweigh either judicial or
prosecutorial experience. On that basis, we endorse Curtis Hill.”

The NWI Times explained, “We believe Hill is best suited to continue the strong watchdog role
established by his Republican predecessors. For that reason, Hill gets our endorsement.” The
newspaper acknowledged both candidates’ extensive legal experience, but added that Hill
“impressed us as having a deeper desire to root out public corruption...In fact, Hill wants to
‘ramp up’ the office’s efforts in this regard.”

Hill graciously accepted the endorsements, saying, “I’m honored to receive the endorsements of these two well-regarded newspapers. As Indiana’s next Attorney General, I will always be fully committed to living up to the faith and trust they have placed in me and my capabilities.”

Curtis Hill has served as Prosecuting Attorney for Elkhart County since 2003. He received his
B.S. degree in Marketing from Indiana University, and his Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from
the Indiana University School of Law. Hill maintains a very active role in local, state and
national organizations. He and his wife, Teresa, have five children.

Fort Wayne Journal Gazette Endorsement

The Times of Northwest Indiana Endorsement

Curtis Hill Releases First TV Ad

Curtis Hill Releases First TV Ad

ELKHART, Ind. – Curtis Hill, Republican nominee for Attorney General of Indiana, released his first TV ad today, titled “Priorities.” The ad will run in multiple media markets across Indiana on broadcast and cable networks.

In the ad, Hill describes his priorities for the Attorney General’s office, saying, “I’ll stand for freedom, fighting Washington’s overreach. I’ll fight for Hoosier families, keeping them safe from violent crime and drugs. I’ll target those who prey on women and children through human trafficking. Our kids are the best hope for Indiana’s future – let’s inspire them.”

During his four terms as Elkhart County Prosecutor, Hill has transformed the office from a parttime office to a full-time law enforcement operation. He has the experience necessary and the courage to lead as Attorney General for the state of Indiana. Hill has worked with prosecutors and other law enforcement officers around the state as the former president of the Association of Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys, and with leaders from around the nation as a member of the Advisory Board for the FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services Division. He has been endorsed by the Indiana Fraternal Order of Police, the Indiana State Police Alliance, and Indiana Right to Life.

Curtis Hill has served as Prosecuting Attorney for Elkhart County since 2003. He received his B.S. degree in Marketing from Indiana University, and his Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from the Indiana University School of Law. Hill maintains a very active role in local, state and national organizations. He and his wife, Teresa, have five children.

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The Indiana Manufacturers Association Endorses Curtis Hill for Attorney General

The Indiana Manufacturers Association Endorses Curtis Hill for Attorney General

(Elkhart) Today, the Indiana Manufacturers Association (IMA) announced  that the IMA Board of Directors has voted to endorse Curtis Hill's candidacy for Indiana Attorney General in the November 2016 General Election.

Brian Burton, President & CEO and Andrew Berger, Vice President of Government Affairs and Tax Policy stated, "Our state needs an Attorney General who will seek common-sense solutions to business law issues and work to protect Hoosier manufacturers from federal and executive branch overreach.  The IMA is confident that you are the best-qualified candidate with the most-proven track record to achieve these goals."

In accepting this endorsement, Hill said, "I believe that freedom is opportunity. Opportunity is the engine that drives ingenuity -- and it is ingenuity that will make Indiana thrive. Supporting the efforts of innovation and growth in our manufacturing sector is critical to the economic success of Indiana."

Curtis Hill has served as Prosecuting Attorney for Elkhart County since 2003. He received his B.S. degree in Marketing from Indiana University, and his Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from the Indiana University School of Law. Hill maintains a very active role in local, state and national organizations. He and his wife, Teresa, have five children. 

Right To Life Groups Endorse Republican Attorney General Nominee Curtis Hill

Right To Life Groups Endorse Republican Attorney General Nominee Curtis Hill

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Curtis Hill, Republican nominee for Attorney General of Indiana, received the endorsement of the Indiana Right to Life PAC and the Allen County Right to Life PAC at an event held this afternoon in Fort Wayne.  

In his endorsement, Mike Fitcher, Chairman, Indiana Right to Life PAC, stated, “I am pleased to inform you that Indiana Right to Life PAC is officially endorsing your candidacy for Indiana Attorney General. Our endorsement is based on a variety of factors including your completed candidate survey and strong support for life. ...Thank you for your support for the sanctity of life, and please accept my best wishes for a successful campaign.”

Cathie Humbarger, Communications Director with the Allen County Right to Life PAC, emphasized their confidence in Hill. “We enthusiastically support Curtis Hill for Indiana Attorney General. Hill understands the important role the Attorney General’s Office plays in protecting women’s health and safety. We are confident he will enforce the laws so that abortion doctors know if they operate in the State of Indiana, they must abide by Indiana’s rules. Abortion doctors will not get a free pass under Attorney General Hill.” Humbarger also serves as Vice President of Policy Enforcement for Indiana Right to Life.

In accepting these endorsements, Hill affirmed his commitment to the Right to Life mission. “I strongly support their mission to protect the right to life, especially of unborn children, through positive education, compassionate advocacy, and the promotion of healthy alternatives to abortion. As your Attorney General, I will always be committed to these causes and will strongly support their pro-family priorities.”

Curtis Hill has served as Prosecuting Attorney for Elkhart County since 2003. He received his B.S. degree in Marketing from Indiana University, and his Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from the Indiana University School of Law. Hill maintains a very active role in local, state and national organizations. He and his wife, Teresa, have five children.

The Role of Attorney General

The Role of Attorney General

The most common question I get when traveling throughout the state is "what does the Attorney General do?" 

The role of Attorney General is as The Lawyer for the People of Indiana. The Indiana Attorney General represents and protects the legal interests of the people who live in Indiana. 

The reason why I would be honored to be Indiana’s next Attorney General is because I believe in America and the Constitution. Throughout my career, I have demonstrated and maintained the ability to represent the sound judgment, experience and passion to protect our great state.

Here are some facts about the responsibilities of the Attorney General for Indiana and why we need assure that we vote for the right person to protect our interests. I would be honored to have your vote on November 8th.

  • If someone sues the State of Indiana, the Attorney General defends our interests.  
  • If the State of Indiana has a contract, the Attorney General approves the contract to be sure that it complies with the law. 
  • The Attorney General is the legal advisor to all agencies when they make rules.
  • The Attorney General can fight the overreach of government for the people of Indiana. 
  • The Attorney General protects your safety by handling the appeals of criminal cases successfully. 
  • When you buy a car, the Attorney General helps prevent odometer fraud. 
  • If your identity is stolen, the Indiana Attorney General will help you and the prosecutor. 
  • If you are in danger from a violent person, the Attorney General will give a confidential address to you.  
  • If someone owes the state of Indiana money, the Attorney General will collect it for the taxpayers. 
  • The Attorney General fights fraud and deception with special units. 

 

Curtis Hill Issues Statement on Indiana Supreme Court Rule 26

Curtis Hill Issues Statement on Indiana Supreme Court Rule 26

As a career prosecutor, I am dedicated to fighting for the rights of victims and keeping people safe. When I file criminal charges, I consider the safety of victims and the community. When the judge determines bail, that decision should strike a balance between the presumption of innocence of the accused, the rights of the victim to see justice done, and the protection of the community from further harm.

The newly announced rule by the Indiana Supreme Court is a departure from that balance which may be bad for victims and dangerous for the community.  The policy reason for the rule appears to be an effort to reduce jail populations. However, such an effort should require a comprehensive legislative review of Indiana’s bail procedures along with broad public input.

Essentially, Rule 26 creates a new standard: the presumption of release. Current Indiana law sets forth a careful process for trial court judges to evaluate conditions for release, including bail. With Rule 26, the Court restricts the discretion of experienced judges by implementing a model risk assessment. The risk assessment relies on a staff decision based on unsworn, largely self-serving information from defendants. The process is believed to be the basis for lowering jail populations so it stands to reason that many of the defendants will be categorized as "low risk" or "moderate risk".

The presumption of release without posting a bond will result in violent criminals, such as rapists and child molesters, who are determined "low risk" based on their answers, walking out of jail. With no bond, a criminal may see no reason to stick around for trial. When criminals fail to appear for trial, victims see justice delayed or denied.  The community will experience an increase in crime due to this "catch and release" revolving door.

Prosecutors throughout the state have experienced horrifying results from the model risk assessment. According to the Indiana Prosecuting Attorney Council, in one instance, a young man helped to lure a young girl into a car to rape and murder her. He ultimately choked the life out of her and then threw her into a lake. He was found to be "low risk". In another instance a twice convicted rapist who was charged with a third rape was categorized as "moderate risk". The presumption of release combined with a defective risk assessment process will lead to an increase in crime and as a result more crime victims.

To be clear, the current statute allows trial judges to use their discretion in determining whether or not bail is appropriate and setting of conditions. In many instances, low bond or no posting of bond releases occur daily as do the setting of no bond holds for murder and high bonds for violent and chronic offenders. This process works and there is no reliable data that demonstrates otherwise. Before the Court moves further on in the implementation of its Rule 26, I’m hopeful that the Court will work with prosecutors, crime victims, law enforcement officers and the Indiana legislature to study the current process and accumulate sufficient data to clearly determine that there is a problem that needs fixing, and to determine that a new process considers not only the presumption of innocence, but also is sensitive to the impact on crime victims and the threat to public safety.