HILLSBORO, Ohio (AP) — A judge has dismissed two of four felony counts against a veteran standup comedian accused of abusing his power as mayor of a small Ohio city.
Hillsboro Mayor Drew Hastings still faces a charge of election falsification concerning his residency and a charge stemming from alleged misuse of city trash bins. Judge Patricia Ann Cosgrove threw out two other counts Wednesday and then continued the trial.
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 the Republican’s re-election to a second term last November.
The city of 6,600 people is 60 miles east of Cincinnati.