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Prosecutor unseals Greitens’ agreement in felony tampering case



The agreement that concluded former Gov. Eric Greitens’ case of felony computer tampering was released in its entirety Wednesday, revealing an acknowledgement that the state possessed enough evidence to submit a case.

The charges alleged that Greitens had used a donor list from The Mission Continues, the veteran-focused nonprofit he founded, in his campaign for governor. Greitens resigned and the charges were dropped as part of the deal negotiated with St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner.

The details in the deal had been redacted with the agreement that if Greitens publicly contradicted it, or committed a new offense, they could be made public. In a letter to Greitens’ attorney, Edward Dowd, Gardner wrote that Greitens had “blatantly violated” the provisions in his resignation speech by saying “I have not broken any laws or committed any offense that is worthy of this treatment.”

An attorney for Greitens called the document “worthless,” saying “it has no legal basis,” but former U.S. attorney Jean Paul Bradshaw referred to it as “a significant concession.”

A House investigative committee was also looking into A New Missouri, Greitens’ political nonprofit. Mark Kempton, the committee’s legal representation, filed to withdraw the committee’s lawsuit late Wednesday, but said they could still refile a lawsuit later.

A different charge, for felony invasion of privacy, had been dropped earlier, though a special prosecutor could refile the charge in Kansas City. The invasion of privacy charge was based on allegations that Greitens had taken a compromising photo of a woman he had an affair with in 2015.

Read more: Missourinet, Kansas City Star

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