Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Medicine | By Brett Sutton

Criminal case dropped against sitting US governor

Criminal case dropped against sitting US governor

They said they will continue considering impeaching Greitens during a special session that is set to start this week. "There will be an argument that bringing this case again will be a misuse of taxpayer money, and I think you'll see that argument from the Greitens' team if they refile", Ammann said.

"This is a great victory and it has been a long time coming", Greitens told reporters outside the courthouse.

'The court's order leaves the circuit attorney no adequate means of proceeding with this trial, ' read a statement from Gardner's office.

Greitens's attorney Scott Rosenblum sharply criticized the prosecutor, claiming misconduct in the handling of the case. Greitens' attorneys have accused a private attorney hired by Gardner of committing perjury. He apologized for the "pain that this process and my actions have caused my family, my friends and the people of Missouri".

Republican Rep. Bryan Spencer, who initially signed and then removed his name for the petition, said he's heard from about two dozen people who believe "that with charges being dropped that the special session should be dissolved".

But, the announcement by the St. Louis Circuit Attorney's office that they were going to dismiss the case after three days of jury selection took nearly everyone by surprise.

The announcement of the dropped charges comes after nearly three whole days were spent on jury selection, which actually pushed the start of the trial back a day. She added that Gardner would decide whether to pursue the case with a special prosecutor or appoint one of her assistants to try the matter in her place.

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

The criminal invasion of privacy case against Missouri's governor who was accused of taking an unauthorized and compromising naked photo of a woman with whom he was having an affair, has been dropped.

A forensic examiner found no evidence that any picture taken on March 21, 2015, was deleted, the motion said.

More than half the prospective jurors were being dismissed during initial screenings - some for displaying biases and others due to busy lives. The selection process now is expected to go into Tuesday.

Prospective jurors seldom made eye contact with Greitens on Monday.

Greitens has admitted to an affair with his former hairdresser, but has denied any wrongdoing.

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.

"We owe it to Missourians to have a fair and thorough investigation of the facts", House leaders said in a statement. Greitens also faces a felony charge in St. Louis for disclosing the donor list to his political fundraiser, though no trial date has been set.

Previous reports from the House investigatory committee showed Greitens was consulting and paying political aides in 2014, well before he officially established a political fundraising committee in February 2015.

The charge against Greitens stems from his allegedly taking and transmitting a photo of a partially nude woman during a sexual encounter in 2015. Attorneys for the governor's office are bracing for an impeachment defense, pre-emptively suggesting that lawmakers treat their hearings like a trial that allows them to call and question witnesses.

Defense lawyer Jim Martin said after the dismissal that prosecutors searched every phone, email and cloud storage account and found no evidence of the photo. Senate Majority Floor Leader Mike Kehoe said the prosecutors' decision would not affect the legislative investigation. Instead, attorneys who began screening 160 prospective jurors last week are to continuing doing so Monday. One of the figures under discussion now was Missouri Governor Eric Greitens, who was preparing to go to trial on charges that he took a nude photo of his hairdresser when she was bound and blindfolded and threatened to blackmail her with it.

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