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Criminal case dropped against sitting US governor

16 May 2018

"I've said from the beginning that I am innocent", he said.

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. 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. Greitens' attorneys have accused a private attorney hired by Gardner of committing perjury.

"I am sorry for the pain that this process and my actions have caused my family, my friends and the people of Missouri".

Prosecutors said they will make a decision later on whether to seek a special prosecutor or appoint someone to continue pursuing the case.

A Greitens attorney noted the prosecution decision came just four hours after the defense filed a motion to dismissed due to lack of evidence.

Legislative leaders in the Republican-controlled Missouri Senate on Monday renewed calls for the governor to resign.

The woman, who has been identified only as 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.

'This case is never going to be charged again'.

Gardner spokeswoman Susan Ryan said in a statement that Greitens' lawyers' tactic of making the circuit attorney a witness in their case was "part of their ongoing effort to distract people" from Greitens' actions.

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.

Jury selection began on Thursday.

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Prospective jurors seldom made eye contact with Greitens on Monday. But his attorneys have been trying to exclude those who may have difficulty setting aside their opinions. But Hanaway said she believes a subpoena issued to A New Missouri - a secretive committee that supports Greitens' agenda - is "beyond the scope of the investigation" by the House.

Also dismissed Monday - at the request of prosecutors - was a man who is a member of the St. Louis Republican committee.

"We owe it to Missourians to have a fair and thorough investigation of the facts", House leaders said in a statement.

Greitens still faces a felony charge of computer tampering for allegedly taking without permission a donor list from a charity he co-founded.

But Greitens's political and criminal troubles are far from over.

Barnes said a Greitens attorney supplied a "substantial number" of documents but also objected to providing "other large categories of documents".

The committee released a second report May 2 with testimony about how Greitens' gubernatorial campaign had used a donor list from The Mission Continues without the charity's permission.

A lawyer for Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens says prosecutors have stopped looking for the photo in connection with his felony invasion of privacy trial, a contention a prosecutor did not dispute in court. She has said Greitens threatened to disseminate the photo if she spoke of their encounter but later told her he had deleted it. "That's what's left on the statute of limitations".

"They better look very hard on that vote", said Sen.

Judge Rex Burlison asked prosecutor Ronald Sullivan if he had a response to the defense's contention, and he said he did not. The Circuit Attorney and her team are ready, willing and able to go to trial this week on behalf of the people of the state of Missouri and Mr. Greitens' victim. And that process is now expected to last into Tuesday.

The governor has been charged with criminal invasion of privacy after an unidentified woman that Greitens admitted to having an affair with said he blackmailed her with inappropriate photos. As long as Greitens maintains his innocence on these charges, he likely won't be driven from office, but another trial later this year isn't going to do much for his political career either.

Criminal case dropped against sitting US governor