Prosecuters have dropped the felony charge against former Missouri Governor Eric Greitens. Greitens was charged with “explicit photograph of a woman without permission,” an invasion of privacy charge.
ST. LOUIS — Prosecutors on Monday abruptly dropped a felony invasion-of-privacy charge against Missouri’s governor, Eric Greitens, whose trial had been expected to begin this week. The announcement came after three days of jury selection in the case.
Mr. Greitens, a Republican in his first term as governor, was accused of taking an explicit photograph of a woman without permission. All along, he has steadfastly denied committing a crime.
Mr. Greitens’s lawyers planned to call the St. Louis circuit attorney, Kimberly Gardner, as a witness — a move prosecutors said led them to drop the case. “The court’s order leaves the circuit attorney no adequate means of proceeding with this trial,” said Susan C. Ryan, a spokeswoman for the prosecutor, in a statement. A spokeswoman for Mr. Greitens’s lawyers did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the dismissal.
The St. Louis Circuit attorney’s office said it would now seek a special prosecutor, and that the case could be refiled.