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Case dismissed, Gov. Greitens apologizes to family, friends, Missourians

Case dismissed, Gov. Greitens apologizes to family, friends, Missourians

"The dismissal of the felony invasion of privacy charge does not change the facts that have been revealed to the Missouri House of Representative's Special Committee on Oversight", the statement aid. Prosecutors said they plan to name either a special prosecutor or one of St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner's assistants to refile the charge and move forward with the case.

Before the charge was ultimately dropped, the prosecutor was left with few options in orcder to proceed with the case. "I think the circuit attorney sat down over lunch, decided that since no photograph was found in discovery, that this case was over", Walker said.

"At this time, I'd ask people of goodwill to come together so that all of us can continue to do good together", Greitens added.

The announcement of the dropped charges comes after nearly three whole days were spent on jury selection, which actually pushed the start of the trial back a day. Greitens' attorneys have accused a private attorney hired by Gardner of committing perjury.

The governor apologized for what he called "the pain that this process and my actions have caused my family, my friends, and the people of Missouri".

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.

The surprise move came at the end of a third day of jury selection for the Republican governor's trial.

Greitens's attorney Scott Rosenblum sharply criticized the prosecutor, claiming misconduct in the handling of the case.

Eric Greitens leaves the Civil Courts building after speaking with reporters on the steps of the Civil Court building on Monday, May 14, 2018, after the case against him was dismissed.

'This case is never going to be charged again'.

Missourinet St. Louis contributor Jill Enders has been in court in downtown St. Louis covering jury selection daily, and will have an updated story on Missourinet later.

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

Prospective jurors seldom made eye contact with Greitens on Monday.

The woman has also testified that in March 2015, Greitens bound her hands to exercise equipment 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.

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

"We owe it to Missourians to have a fair and thorough investigation of the facts", House leaders said in a statement.

The House investigation could eventually lead to impeachment proceedings against Greitens but is separate from his criminal trial underway this week in St. Louis on an invasion-of-privacy charge. Senate Majority Floor Leader Mike Kehoe said the prosecutors' decision would not affect the legislative investigation.

The committee released a second report May 2 with testimony about how Greitens' gubernatorial campaign had used a donor list from The Mission Continues without the permission of the St. Louis-based veterans' charity he founded.

Prosecutors have less than a month to refile the case under the statute of limitations.

Defense lawyer Jim Martin said Monday that the circuit attorney's office told Greitens' team Friday that they had obtained information from the cloud but did not have a photo.

Lawyers for the governor said they do not think the charge will be refiled. And that process is now expected to last into Tuesday.

Reporters shouted questions at the governor, asking about the possible refiling of charges and whether he had taken a photo of his mistress, as alleged in the charge that was dropped.

Greitens, a former Navy SEAL officer, has so far stood firm in the face of these calls since January, when he admitted to his affair, which took place with the alleged victim before his run for governor.

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