US: Comedian accused of abusing power as mayor acquitted

The Times-Gazette reports a special prosecutor from Ohio's auditor's office told jurors that Hastings "thought the laws didn't apply to him.''

By: AP | Hillsboro | Published:November 10, 2016 3:43 am

A veteran standup comedian accused of abusing his power as mayor of a small Ohio city has been acquitted of all counts.

A Highland County jury on Wednesday found Hillsboro Mayor Drew Hastings not guilty of a charge of election falsification concerning his residency and of a charge stemming from alleged misuse of city trash bins.

Judge Patricia Ann Cosgrove earlier threw out the two other felony counts he faced.

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.