Judge Sets Trial Date for Greitens Scandal

Governor Eric Greitens

Governor Eric Greitens

By MCNS Staff

According to local reports, Circuit Judge Rex Burlison set Wednesday, May 14 as the trial date for Missouri Governor Eric Greitens’ invasion of privacy hearing.  The date ignores St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner’s plea for a November trial.

Greitens was recently indicted for invasion of privacy for allegedly taking a picture of a woman with whom he was having an affair and saving the photo electronically in a way that it could be shared. The governor has been accused of taking the picture and using it to coerce the woman into silence about their affair.

“This case affects the course of business of the state of Missouri,” Burlison said, according to stltoday.com. “And I don’t think there’s a case that affects the people of the state of Missouri more than this one.”

A lawyer for Greitens defended the governor by saying that the alleged photo “did not exist.” First Assistant Circuit Attorney Robert Steele responded by saying, “We do not have it in our possession at this time,” but that authorities intend to retrieve it.

According to local reports, defense attorneys for Greitens said they had wanted a trial as early as April because the governor has a right to a speedy trial.

A letter requesting discovery and including a list of evidence in the invasion of privacy case against Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens.

A letter requesting discovery and including a list of evidence in the invasion of privacy case against Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens.

Stltoday.com reports prosecutors said that city police, the FBI and the US Attorney’s Office all declined to investigate the matter for various reasons. Federal agencies declined to comment. A police spokesperson said they would not investigate because no one had reported the crime to police. She added that “the department was not asked then or now to investigate Eric Greitens.”

Local news outlets report Tuesday that the state’s list of evidence includes transcripts of recordings of Greitens’ former lover and her ex-husband, emailed questions and answers from a KMOV-TV interview with the ex-husband, public statements of Greitens, emails between the woman and her ex-husband, recorded statements made by the woman and a photo of her. Lawyers for Greitens stated that the photo named in the evidence list is not the subject of the investigation but rather a headshot of the governor’s ex-lover.

The investigation began in January when allegations surfaced that Greitens had taken pictures of the woman, with whom he was having an affair, when she was either nude or partially undressed. She was allegedly threatened that the photo would be released if she mentioned his name. Greitens has denied threatening the woman and his lawyers deny that the photo was taken.

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