Ohio prosecutor accuses Hillsboro’s comedian mayor of abusing power

FILE PHOTO Hillsboro, Ohio Mayor Drew Hastings Photo Credit: AP Photo
FILE PHOTO Hillsboro, Ohio Mayor Drew Hastings Photo Credit: AP Photo

HILLSBORO, Ohio (AP) – A prosecutor says a standup comedian who’s appeared on late-night TV abused his power as mayor of an Ohio city, while the defense blames a political vendetta for the charges against him.

Testimony continues Wednesday in Hillsboro Mayor Drew Hastings’ trial on four felony counts.

The Times-Gazette (http://bit.ly/2flyt94 ) reports a special prosecutor from Ohio’s auditor’s office told jurors Tuesday that Hastings “thought the laws didn’t apply to him.”

A defense attorney says Hastings’ political enemies were behind an investigation that began soon after his re-election to a second term last November, “as though a bell sounded.”

The charges claim Hastings doesn’t really live in Hillsboro, used city trash bins for personal use and improperly obtained a $500 building refund.

The city of 6,600 people is 60 miles east of Cincinnati.

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Information from: Times-Gazette, http://www.timesgazette.com

 

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