Prosecution drops case against Greitens; lawmakers’ stance unchanged

St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner on Monday dropped her prosecution of Gov. Eric Greitens amid plans by the defense team to call her as a witness in the case.

Greitens called the development “a great victory.”

But it did little to sway lawmakers in Jefferson City, where GOP leaders in both the House and Senate issued new statements condemning the conduct of Greitens, a fellow Republican.

Felony charges

Greitens faced felony charges of invasion of privacy stemming from a 2015 affair during which he allegedly took a photo of a semi-nude sexual partner without her consent. He has admitted to the affair but denied any criminal wrongdoing.

He still faces charges of another felony, computer tampering, related to his alleged theft of a donor list from the veterans charity he founded.

Special session

Sate lawmakers said Monday’s decision will have no impact on the special session they have called for Friday to consider impeaching Greitens.

Case collapses

Monday’s announcement ends what was a turbulent chapter for both sides of the case. Gardner’s efforts have drawn scrutiny, and there were allegations that a private investigator she hired had committed perjury.

Gardner said a “scorched-earth legal and media strategy” by Greitens’ team undermined her case. Her office asked the court to appoint a special prosecutor to refile the case against the governor.

Read more: Kansas City Star, Springfield News-Leader, Missourinet

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