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Charge Dropped In Case of Missouri Governor, But Prosecutors Plan To Refile

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Johnnie Parks | 15 May, 2018, 23:21

Lawmakers have scheduled a special session to begin Friday that could lead to Greitens' impeachment. No trial date has been set for that case.

Greitens has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing and has refused to resign.

"Today, the prosecutor dropped the false charges against me", he said.

"This was a great victory and a long time coming". This experience has been humbling. The move came after the judge allowed Greitens attorneys to call Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner as a witness.

The statement from prosecutors called the tactic part of "a scorched-earth legal and media strategy" that included attacks on "the intentions, character and integrity of every person involved in investigating the Governor's behavior including Missouri House Committee members, the Attorney General, the Circuit Attorney and her team, his victim, her family and those who have called for his resignation", Ryan's statement said.

Without a photo the charge could be hard to prove, and Anders Walker, a law professor at St. Louis University, told the New York Times that he doubts prosecutors would bring a similar charge.

But in a statement Monday, Gardner said Greitens "has produced no compelling reason to include the Circuit Attorney as a witness for any goal".

"When the court and the defense team put the state in the impossible position of choosing between her professional obligations and the pursuit of justice, the Circuit Attorney will always choose the pursuit of justice", Gardner's office said.

Ryan said that a request for a special prosecutor could be filed in conjunction with future charges. The Circuit Attorney will be make a decision to either pursue a special prosecutor or make an appointment of one of her assistants to proceed.

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The first-term Republican governor was charged with felony invasion of privacy for allegedly taking and transmitting a photo of an at least partially nude woman without her permission in 2015. 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. Greitens has declined to directly answer questions about whether he took the photo.

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

The AP paraphrased his lawyers as saying, "the case was crumbling under a lack of evidence" and that they "doubted any charge would ever be refiled".

The ruling didn't mean that prosecutors had to drop the charge, but other issues threatened to undermine their case: some of their expert witnesses were disqualified, the woman in the case has been reluctant to go public, and they've failed to find any evidence of the photo in Greitens's phone or iCloud.

Defense lawyers wanted to call Gardner because for weeks they have accused her of misconduct.

Om May 2, the same committee released a report on Greitens' alleged misuse of the charity donor list. He said in a sworn statement that he didn't take notes during his interviews, but was caught on video taking notes.

The woman, who has been identified only as K.S.in 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.

The House investigatory panel, which already has released scathing reports about Greitens' affair and his political use of a charity donor list, chose to call a Greitens policy aide as a witness and to issue subpoenas related to a potential attempt to funnel money from secret donors to Greitens' 2016 gubernatorial campaign. It released a report in April containing more testimony from the woman that Greitens had restrained, slapped, shoved, threatened and belittled her during a series of sexual encounters that at times left her crying and afraid.

In Jefferson City, legislative leaders said they would continue their investigation of the governor.

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