HILLSBORO, Ohio – 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 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.