Published: Fri, February 23, 2018
World | By Paul Elliott

Missouri governor criticizes 'reckless liberal prosecutor' who charged him

Missouri governor criticizes 'reckless liberal prosecutor' who charged him

He also said that this was a political decision, which he said was disappointing and misguided. I know this will be righted soon.

He said "the people of Missouri deserve better than a reckless liberal prosecutor who uses her office to score political points".

St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner announced the indictment Thursday.

A spokeswoman for the National Governors Association tells The St. Louis Post-Dispatch that Greitens has informed the organization he won't be attending the group's weekend meeting in Washington.

The Republican Governors Association says Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens is stepping down from the group's executive committee following his indictment stemming from an extramarital affair.

"Given his desire to focus his full attention on moving forward in Missouri, he also no longer intends to serve on the executive committee of the RGA", Bennecke said.

If found guilty of the felony charge, Greitens would likely be forced to step down from his role as governor and could face time in prison.

Greitens' attorney, Edward Dowd, has filed a motion to dismiss the charges, claiming that the woman was aware that Greitens was taking the photo, and that it was part of a consensual relationship.

Greitens has admitted to having an affair.

A statement from Richardson, Speaker Pro Tem Elijah Haahr, R-Springfield, and Majority Floor Leader Rob Vescovo, R-Arnold, says they will "carefully examine the facts contained in the indictment" and determine whether the governor can lead while a felony case moves forward. Genevieve both say the Governor should resign in light of the grand jury's indictment.

But for some lawmakers, impeachment is on the table. She herself is a Democratic former state representative.

News of the affair broke when local St. Louis news station KMOV aired a segment, backed up by audio, featuring a tape recording made by the then-husband of the mistress confessing to the affair with Greitens. "Missourians thought they voted for a person of character and integrity, and instead they got a liar and alleged criminal". He indicated Thursday he intends to stay and fight. I did not commit a crime. Greitens insists that he'll be fighting these scurrilous charges and has no intention of resigning, and members of the state GOP are still thinking about whether photographing a naked woman without her consent is bad or like really bad. She said Greitens had bound her hands and blindfolded her in his St. Louis home, taken a photo of her partially nude, and then warned her to remain silent.

For 40 years as an attorney for the public and for private litigants, I have never seen anything like this. Seems to us that she had reasonable expectation of not being photographed - under Greitens's interpretation of the statute, it would be legal to take photos in the shower at the gym. Greitens was arraigned Thursday and later released on his own recognizance.

The alleged offense happened before a January 1, 2017 change to the criminal code (a D felony is now up to seven years), so the max prison time Greitens faces is four years in the Department of Corrections.

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