Sex related charges dropped against Missouri governor

Mar 2012
New Hampshire
[MENTION=25787]Wonderer[/MENTION] what do you make of this?

Prosecutors on Monday abruptly dropped an invasion-of-privacy charge against Missouri Gov. 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. “Today the prosecutor has dropped the false charges against me. This is a great victory and it has been a long time coming,” Greitens told reporters outside the St. Louis circuit courthouse. “This experience has been humbling and I have emerged from it a changed man.”

The prosecutor’s surprise move, announced after the third day of jury selection, 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.

Earlier Monday, Greitens’ attorneys said in court that prosecutors had stopped searching for evidence of the photo after failing to find it on Greitens’ cellphone or in cloud storage. “The case was going nowhere. There was no evidence to support any of the elements,” Greitens’ attorney Jim Bennett told reporters after the charge was dropped.

The Missouri Legislature is to convene Friday evening in a monthlong special session to consider whether to initiate impeachment proceedings to try to remove Greitens from office.


Council Hall
May 2014
Here's what I make of it: The Circuit Attorney's Office should be roundly lambasted. The Governor's a creep but attempting to prosecute him for felony invasion of privacy without the alleged photograph was a fool's errand. They used an outside "investigator" who perjured himself six ways from Sunday in deposition and the random wads of cash dropped off at the office of the attorney for the ex-husband stunk to high heaven. I don't think THIS case will be re-filed. I do think they may have a decent case against him on the computer tampering (campaign finance/donor list) issue and I also think the House may still vote to impeach him.
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