Judge denies Gov. Eric Greitens' request to begin trial in April

March 22, 2018 - 4:02 am
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A St. Louis judge has refused to move up the felony trial of Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens.

Greitens was indicted last month on fourth-degree invasion of privacy for allegedly taking a compromising photo of a woman with whom he was having an affair in 2015, before he was elected. He has denied criminal wrongdoing.

The trial is scheduled to begin May 14. Attorneys for Greitens asked Circuit Judge Rex Burlison to move up the trial to the first week of April. Burlison, at a hearing on Wednesday, declined to do so.

The prosecution had argued at one time to push the trial back as late as November.

Another hearing is scheduled Monday on the request by Greitens to have the judge, rather than a jury, hear his case.

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