Prosecutors Drop Charge Against Embattled Missouri Governor

Gov. Eric Greitens listens to a question during an interview in his office at the Capitol in Jefferson City, Mo. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)

by Michael John Scott

On Monday prosecutors abruptly dropped an invasion-of-privacy charge against Missouri Governor Eric Greitens but said they still hope to pursue a case against him for allegedly taking a revealing photo of a woman with whom he has acknowledged having an affair.

Greitens, who has long denied any criminal wrongdoing, emerged from the courthouse declaring vindication. His attorneys asserted the case had crumbled under a lack of evidence and doubted any charge will ever be refiled.

Greitens told reporters outside the St. Louis circuit courthouse:

“Today the prosecutor has dropped the false charges against me. This is a great victory and it has been a long time coming,”  “This experience has been humbling and I have emerged from it a changed man.”

The prosecutor’s surprise move came after the judge had granted a request by Greitens’ lawyers to call St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner as a witness for the defense.

Greitens’ defense team has repeatedly criticized Gardner’s handling of the case, particularly her hiring of private investigator William Tisaby, whom Greitens’ lawyers have accused of perjury.

Spokeswoman Susan Ryan said in a statement:

“The court’s order places the Circuit Attorney in the impossible position of being a witness, subject to cross-examination,”  It “leaves the Circuit Attorney no adequate means of proceeding with this trial. Therefore, the court has left the Circuit Attorney with no other legal option than to dismiss and refile this matter.”

She said a decision will be made later to either seek a special prosecutor or appoint one of Gardner’s assistants to proceed. Greitens, 44, was charged with felony invasion of privacy for allegedly taking and transmitting a photo of an at least partially nude woman without her permission in 2015.

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3 Responses to Prosecutors Drop Charge Against Embattled Missouri Governor

  1. jess Reply

    May 15, 2018 at 10:29 am

    Never ever trust a guy like this that has to show off how macho he is. If he has to do that, he is not any kind of macho man. AYUP, come on, you know where this is going, it’s me 😉

    • Caroline Taylor Reply

      May 15, 2018 at 11:18 am

      Agreed re: Greitens, but a HUGE NAY to the Village People 🙂 Never could stand them but this song is appropriate to the occasion.

  2. Holte Ender Reply

    May 15, 2018 at 1:42 pm

    Lock him up.

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