Louis prosecutor drops charge against Missouri Gov. Greitens

Elias Hubbard
May 16, 2018

The Republican governor, a 44-year-old former U.S. Navy SEAL commando, was indicted in February on a felony invasion of privacy charge in connection with an admitted extramarital affair in 2015 before his election.

Opening arguments had been expected to begin Monday.

Defense lawyers representing Greitens said in court Monday they were told by the circuit attorney's office Friday that they had sifted through about 16,000 photos during a forensic examination of his phone and information from the cloud, but that they did not have the photo. Defense lawyers alleged the investigator committed perjury when he said he didn't take notes during the interview.

In a statement obtained by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Gardner's office said 22nd Circuit Judge Rex Burlison's decision puts Gardner "in the impossible position of being a witness, subject to cross-examination within the offer of proof by her own subordinates". And if that weren't enough, the Circuit Attorney and William Tisaby also met a number of times in secret with a major witness in the case.

Prosecutors dropped a felony invasion-of-privacy charge against Greitens on Monday after a court ruled that Gardner had to answer questions under oath from Greitens' attorneys. The prosecution said they hoped the case would be re-filed and overseen by a special prosecutor, while Greitens' defense team said the case should be over.

Attorney Jermaine Wooten said Tuesday that private investigator William Tisaby did nothing wrong.

"Today, the prosecutor dropped the false charges against me", he wrote.

An attorney for Gov. Eric Greitens' campaign has turned over more than 14,000 documents to a House investigatory committee but is objecting to a subpoena issued to a separate secretive group that has supported Greitens' agenda. Greitens' attorneys have accused a private attorney hired by Gardner of committing perjury.

But the St. Louis circuit attorney's office says it still plans to pursue the case, either through a special prosecutor or an appointed assistant.

Greitens has previously admitted that he had an affair with his hair stylist, but has denied past allegations that he tied the woman up with her consent, photographed her without her consent, and threatened to release the photo if she disclosed the affair.

Although the invasion of privacy charges have been dropped for now, Greitens still faces a felony charge for computer tampering for allegedly misusing a veterans donor list for a charity he co-founded.

The Missouri House of Representatives and Senate also is set to hold a monthlong special session to consider impeaching Greitens.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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