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Greitens Prosecution Says its Investigator Has Created “Terrible Impression” on Case

Judge's ruling expected on Thursday

A top official with the St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s Office says the “egregious mistake” of hiring a man who bungled the investigation of Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens should not prompt dismissal of the indictment against the governor. In a court hearing Monday in Greitens felony invasion-of-privacy case, Chief Trial Assistant Robert Dierker admitted that the investigator’s actions have given the false impression that the prosecutor’s office hid evidence, including delaying handing over notes and a videotape from depositions.

Judge Rex Burlison is expected to rule Thursday on a request from Greitens’ lawyers to dismiss the indictment. Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner hired the private investigator, rather than relying on St. Louis police for the investigation. Greitens has been accused of taking a compromising photo of a woman, with whom he had an affair in 2015, without her consent.

Greitens is facing increasing pressure from lawmakers as now Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker says he should step down if allegations that he blackmailed a woman are accurate.

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