Invasion of Privacy Charges Dropped Against Missouri Governor

May 14, 2018

Prosecutors have dropped an invasion-of-privacy charge against Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens but say they hope to refile the case.

The surprise move came at the end of a third day of jury selection for the Republican governor's trial.
St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner's office said it dismissed the charge because Judge Rex Burlison granted a request by Greitens' attorney to call the prosecutor as a witness.

Greitens' attorneys have criticized Gardner's handling of the case, particularly her hiring of a private investigator, who Greitens' lawyers have accused of perjury.

Greitens was accused of taking and transmitting a nonconsensual photo of an at least partially nude woman with whom he had an affair in 2015.

A Gardner spokeswoman says a decision will be made later on how to proceed.