Large jury pool planned for Ohio mayor’s trial

This July 24, 2016, file photo provided by the Highland County Sheriff's Department in Hillsboro, Ohio, shows Hillsboro, Ohio, Mayor Drew Hastings. A final pretrial hearing is planned Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016, for Hastings, whose trial on four felony counts alleging misconduct in office is scheduled to begin Nov. 7. (Highland County Sheriff’s Department via AP, File)
This July 24, 2016, file photo provided by the Highland County Sheriff's Department in Hillsboro, Ohio, shows Hillsboro, Ohio, Mayor Drew Hastings. A final pretrial hearing is planned Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016, for Hastings, whose trial on four felony counts alleging misconduct in office is scheduled to begin Nov. 7. (Highland County Sheriff’s Department via AP, File)

HILLSBORO, Ohio (AP) — An expanded jury pool will be called for the trial of the mayor of a small Ohio city who’s also a veteran standup comedian.

Attorneys said after a hearing Wednesday that the judge ordered a pool of 100 potential jurors, about double the usual number. Officials anticipate taking extra time to find jurors who haven’t already formed their opinions on Drew Hastings’ case.

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A trial is scheduled to begin Nov. 7 before retired Summit County Common Pleas Judge Patricia Ann Cosgrove, appointed after a local judge recused himself.

Hastings was indicted in July on four felony counts including election falsification and theft in office.

The second-term Republican mayor says he’s done nothing wrong other than try to lead the city without the consent of the “established political structure.”

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