Case dropped against Greitens for now; Governor apologizes to family, friends, Missourians

May 15, 2018 - 4:08 am
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ST. LOUIS (AP) - Attorneys for Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens say the felony invasion-of-privacy case against him was crumbling under a lack of evidence and they doubt any charge will be refiled.

But the St. Louis circuit attorney's office says it still plans to pursue the case, either through a special prosecutor or an appointed assistant.

Prosecutors alleged Greitens took a revealing photo of a woman with whom he has acknowledged having an affair.

The charge was dropped Monday after Greitens' attorneys planned to call the St. Louis Circuit Attorney, the prosecutor in the case, to the stand to question her on her office's handling of the case.

Greitens addressed reporters after the court hearing.

Today, the prosecutor dropped the false charges against me.

This was a great victory and a long time coming. I've said from the beginning that I am innocent.

— Eric Greitens (@EricGreitens) May 14, 2018

"Even in the hardest and most difficult situations we can find tremendous blessings," Greitens said. "Above all I am sorry for the pain that this process and my actions have caused my family, my friends and the people of Missouri."

The Republican still faces other problems. Missouri's Republican legislative leaders say they still will convene Friday in a monthlong special session to consider whether to impeach Greitens.

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.

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