May 14, 2018

St. Louis prosecutor drops blackmail case against Gov. Greitens

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The criminal charges against Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens, who was indicted by a St. Louis grand jury on felony invasion of privacy, have been dropped after Greitens' defense team planned to call St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner, who was prosecuting the case, to the witness stand, per the Kansas City Star. Gardner's office has requested that a special prosecutor refile the charges against Greitens.

The background: Greitens allegedly blackmailed a woman with whom he had an extramarital affair with photos taken while she was blindfolded and had her hands tied, threatening to make them public if she went public with the affair. Greitens has denied the allegations.

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