Prosecutors dismiss an invasion of privacy charge against Missouri governor Eric Greitens

Defense attorney Scott Rosenblum leaves the Civil Courts building in downtown St. Louis on Thursday. Jury selection in Gov. Eric Greitens' trial continues for a third day on Monday

Prosecutors dismiss an invasion of privacy charge against Missouri governor Eric Greitens

The decision came after a judge ruled that the governor's lawyers could potentially call her as a witness in the trial. 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.

Greitens, who has long denied any criminal wrongdoing, walked out of the courthouse Monday with at least a momentary vindication.

The defense has accused investigator William Don Tisaby of putting "words in the mouth" of witnesses and removing information favorable to Greitens from reports.

If the special prosecutor decides not to refile the charges the governor still faces a felony computer tampering charge when it comes to obtaining a donor list from his charity an using it for political fundraising purposes. Missouri's Republican legislative leaders renewed calls for Greitens to resign and confirmed they still will convene Friday in a monthlong special session to consider whether to impeach Greitens in an attempt to remove him from office.

Eric Greitens speaks to supporters during a rally, May 23, 2017.

"The members of the House committee have discovered a disturbing pattern of allegations, most of which are completely separate from the case dismissed today", Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard and Senate Majority Leader Mike Kehoe said in the statement.

"We understand they have 27 days to do that", Ammann added. "Without the pending trial this week, it allows the Governor to take advantage of our open offer to share his side of the facts".

The stunning move came on third day of jury selection for Greitens' trial, which was expected to start Tuesday or Wednesday.

Greitens was charged with felony invasion of privacy over allegations that he blackmailed a woman he was having an affair with before he was governor.

On Monday, the defense filed a new motion to dismiss the charge.

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Greitens's attorney Scott Rosenblum sharply criticized the prosecutor, claiming misconduct in the handling of the case. The charge was dropped after a judge ruled on Monday that the defense could call Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner, who filed the felony charge, as a witness.

A Missouri House committee investigating Greitens is also moving ahead with its work, announcing in a brief meeting Monday that subpoenas have been issued for the Greitens for Missouri campaign, the pro-Greitens nonprofit group A New Missouri, and the governor's former campaign manager and top political adviser Austin Chambers.

This case is the very definition of he said, she said and was probably always going to be tough to prosecute.

"A defendant who wishes to call a prosecutor as a witness must demonstrate a compelling and legitimate reason to do so", Gardner's office said.

"The defense team knows that the tactic of endorsing the Circuit Attorney as a witness is part of their ongoing effort to distract people from the defendant's actions", Gardner's statement said. She said it put Gardner "in the impossible position of choosing between her professional obligations and the pursuit of justice".

Gardner's statement concludes by saying that the Circuit Attorney "will be making a decision to either pursue a special prosecutor or make an appointment of one of her assistants to proceed".

'The court's order leaves the circuit attorney no adequate means of proceeding with this trial, ' read a statement from Gardner's office.

The embattled governor celebrated the announcement and once again asserted his innocence.

"I am sorry for the pain that this process and my actions have caused my family, my friends and the people of Missouri".

However, cracks in the prosecution's case began to appear when the the special examiner charged with going through Greitens phone to locate the images revealed that "none were found". I think that in all of our lives, we have to deal with pain. We all have to deal with suffering, but if we deal with it in the right way, we can emerge with strength.

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