Judge expands gag order for Ohio mayor’s trial

HILLSBORO, Ohio (AP) — The judge who will preside at the trial of the mayor of a small Ohio city who’s also a veteran standup comedian has expanded on her gag order in the case.

Retired Summit County Common Pleas Judge Patricia Ann Cosgrove recently filed an eight-page order after earlier warning against case participants’ pretrial commentaries on the upcoming trial of Hillsboro Mayor Drew Hastings. She said that includes on social media.

The Times-Gazette newspaper of Hillsboro reported there had been Facebook comments questioning aspects of the case.

Hastings was indicted in July on four felony counts, including election falsification and theft in office. A jury trial is scheduled to begin Nov. 7 before Cosgrove, who was appointed after a local judge recused himself.

The second-term Republican mayor says he’s done nothing wrong.