Comedian/mayor Hastings' trial begins Monday in Ohio

HILLSBORO, OHIO - A veteran standup comedian in his second term as an Ohio mayor is scheduled to go on trial on charges related to his office.

Retired Summit County Common Pleas Judge Patricia Ann Cosgrove will preside. A Highland County judge recused himself.

Drew Hastings faces four felony counts Monday, with potential jurors due in court.

An unusually large pool was summoned for the case that's been closely watched and debated in the small city of Hillsboro, some 60 miles east of Cincinnati.

Hastings' attorney has blasted the accusation he falsified his residency by pointing out Ohio's attorney general had already investigated.

He says other charges are misleading.

A special prosecutor from the Ohio auditor's office leads the case against Hastings.


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