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Charge against Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens is dropped

16 May 2018

The woman, who has been identified only as K.S.in court filings, has testified that Greitens bound her hands to exercise equipment in the basement of his St. Louis home, blindfolded her and removed her clothes before she saw a flash and heard what sounded like the click of a cellphone camera.

Greitens is charged with felony invasion of privacy for allegedly taking and transmitting a photo of a woman in a compromising position without her permission in March 2015.The Republican governor has denied any criminal wrongdoing but has acknowledged having an extramarital affair with the woman.

As he has found himself in legal jeopardy, Greitens is confronting a fight for his political life, with Missouri House and Senate leaders set to convene a special legislative session Friday to consider impeaching the governor.

Vaccaro says too many defendants are sitting in the Workhouse, a caseload back up as a result of too much time and too many resources have been devoted to the Greitens case. At this time I'd ask people of goodwill to come together so that all of us can continue to do good together.

Charge against Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens is dropped
Charge against Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens is dropped

Missourinet St. Louis contributor Jill Enders has been in court in downtown St. Louis covering jury selection daily, and will have an updated story on Missourinet later.

The Republican governor declared it a "great victory" when prosecutors dropped the charge Monday. The circuit attorney said she intends to refile the charge and may appoint a special prosecutor or one of her assistants to pursue the case. (Pardon the pun.) The judge agreed and was going to allow the defense to question the attorney, leading to the decision by the prosecutors to drop the case on technical grounds.

If the special prosecutor decides not to refile the charges the governor still faces a felony computer tampering charge when it comes to obtaining a donor list from his charity an using it for political fundraising purposes.

If convicted, Greitens could face up to four years in prison.

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This case is the very definition of he said, she said and was probably always going to be tough to prosecute.

"This experience has been humbling and I have emerged from it a changed man", Greitens said. Denny Hoskins, a Republican who has clashed with Greitens.

Greitens was originally indicted on the invasion of privacy charge in February, a month after he admitted to an affair with his St. Louis hairdresser. Among other things, they accused Tisaby, a former Federal Bureau of Investigation agent, of lying when he said he did not take notes when he and Gardner on January 29 interviewed the woman involved in the affair. But a roster of Missouri Republican lawmakers have called on the governor to step down, including Attorney General Josh Hawley, who is challenging Democratic Sen.

As the House panel continues its investigation, Greitens' campaign attorney Catherine Hanaway said Monday that she had turned over more than 14,000 documents related to emails from the Greitens campaign and political aide Austin Chambers. It made a decision to call Greitens' policy adviser Will Scharf as a witness and to subpoena information about a couple of obscure companies that contributed tens of thousands of dollars to Greitens' campaign.

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Rosenblum told reporters the judge agreed to allow the defense team to name Gardner as a witness based on the possibility that she knew about alleged perjury committed by an investigator pursuing the case. The police department said it would investigate.

Scott Rosenblum, one of the governor's lawyers, accused the circuit attorney of "misconduct from the beginning of this case to the end", as recently in the last week.

St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner's office said it dismissed the charge because Judge Rex Burlison granted a request by Greitens' attorney to call the prosecutor as a witness.

"We will move forward on this", Ryan told The Associated Press. It released a report in April containing more testimony from the woman that Greitens had restrained, slapped, shoved, threatened and belittled her during a series of sexual encounters that at times left her crying and afraid.

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Charge against Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens is dropped