Prosecutor DISMISSES invasion of privacy case against Gov. Greitens

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"The legislature is a separate and a co-equal branch of government with a separate responsibility entrusted to it by our Constitution".

Vaccaro says too many defendants are sitting in the Workhouse, a caseload back up as a result of too much time and too many resources have been devoted to the Greitens case. They said they will continue considering impeaching Greitens during a special session that is set to start this week.

"I still think that there is a significant amount of evidence and information and facts that were provided to the state representatives that would lead to an impeachment trial", said Sen.

"This is a great victory, and it has been a long time coming".

'The court's order leaves the circuit attorney no adequate means of proceeding with this trial, ' read a statement from Gardner's office. (Pardon the pun.) The judge agreed and was going to allow the defense to question the attorney, leading to the decision by the prosecutors to drop the case on technical grounds. He apologized for the "pain that this process and my actions have caused my family, my friends and the people of Missouri".

Prosecutors said they will make a decision later on whether to seek a special prosecutor or appoint someone to continue pursuing the case.

The invasion of privacy charge against Missouri Governor Eric Greitens was suddenly dismissed Monday by prosecutors when the judge ruled Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner could be called as a witness.

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

A spokeswoman for Gardner said the case would be refiled.

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

Missouri Governor Eric Greitens addressed the media on courtroom steps Monday afternoon in what would soon overturn the last 3 days spent in jury selection.

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The defense team has accused the prosecution of wrongdoing during the investigation. The Circuit Attorney and her team are ready, willing and able to go to trial this week on behalf of the people of the state of Missouri and Mr. Greitens' victim.

More than half the prospective jurors were being dismissed during initial screenings - some for displaying biases and others due to busy lives.

Prospective jurors seldom made eye contact with Greitens on Monday. But his attorneys have been trying to exclude those who may have difficulty setting aside their opinions.

House investigatory committee chairman Jay Barnes said it's considering its options for how to enforce the subpoena.

This comes after a special House committee investigated Greitens' 2nd felony charge for tampering with computer data.

Greitens also remains charged with a felony in St. Louis for allegedly disclosing a donor list from a veterans' charity he founded for use in his political campaign.

But Greitens's political and criminal troubles are far from over.

The House investigatory panel amped up its probe into Greitens on Tuesday.

Greitens was indicted in February on a charge that he took a nude photo of a woman, his hairdresser, without her consent.

The married woman has claimed that he threatened to release the photo if his 2015 affair became public. But the prosecutors have admitted that they don't actually have the photo nor have they seen it.

Defense lawyer Jim Martin said after the dismissal that prosecutors searched every phone, email and cloud storage account and found no evidence of the photo.

Circuit Judge Rex Burlison said the man's party leadership role "may bring more politics than should be" to the case. In a conversation with her ex-husband, which he surreptitiously recorded, the woman said the affair began at Greitens' St. Louis home in March 2015, when Greitens taped her to exercise equipment, blindfolded her and took a picture of her partially nude.

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