Category: Courts

Defense gets their wish on cross-examination, sort of

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Under the rules adopted by the House committee investigating Gov. Eric Greitens, his defense will not get the opportunity to cross-examine witnesses in a public setting. That doesn’t mean cross-examination won’t be in the official records. The Special Investigative Committee on Oversight is currently workings its way through reading more than 700 pages of testimony by KS, or Witness 1 in the House report — the unnamed woman who had an […]

Judge waives appearances in Greitens’ computer tampering case until July 2

In the first pretrial hearing regarding the felony computer tampering case against Gov. Eric Greitens, a St. Louis Associate Circuit judge waived his appearance until a grand jury decides whether or not to indict the embattled governor. Judge Madeline Connolly, who was appointed by Greitens in February, said she’ll wait for that decision and set the next hearing for July 2. Greitens is charged with illegally using a donor list from the Mission Continues — […]

UPDATED: Jackson County prosecutor agrees to serve as special prosecutor in Greitens’ invasion of privacy case, Gardner blocked from case

PHOTO: Missouri Governor Eric Greitens talks to reporters outside the Civil Courts Building after charges of invasion of privacy against the Governor were dropped in St. Louis on May 14, 2018. Prosecutors said that Greitens had taken an explicit photo of a woman with whom he was having an affair, without her consent. Greitens proclaimed his innocence of taking a photo but did admit to having the affair. Photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI Jackson County prosecutor Jean […]

Hawley says Governor’s office has no authority to hire impeachment attorneys, Greitens spokesman disagrees

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Attorney General Josh Hawley has some thoughts on the hiring of taxpayer-funded attorneys to defend Governor Eric Greitens’ Office in impeachment proceedings. In a letter to State Auditor Nicole Galloway, Hawley said that the Governor’s Office “lacks authority to retain private counsel to participate in connection with any adversarial proceeding without the Attorney General’s consent.” In simpler terms, the office is not authorized to hire private legal counsel without permission from […]

Cole County prosecutor will not file criminal charges against Greitens

The Cole County prosecutor announced Friday he would not file criminal charges against Governor Eric Greitens after being contacted by Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley’s office. In a press release, Cole County Prosecuting Attorney Mark A. Richardson said he would not be seeking charges against the embattled Republican governor relating to alleged campaign finance violations. Richardson “This office has been provided by the Missouri Attorney General’s Office about that agency’s investigation into the Governor’s gubernatorial campaign,” […]

Governor’s defense proposes timeline, recommends committee follow ‘hallmarks of due process’

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — With the special session to explore potential disciplinary action against Gov. Eric Greitens days away from starting, the embattled governor wants proceedings to mirror a criminal trial. A letter sent by Edward D. Greim, partner at Graves Garrett, the law firm hired to represent the governor in potential impeachment proceeding; to Rep. Jay Barnes, the chairman of the House Special Investigative Committee on Oversight; and the House of Representative puts forth […]

Shell companies’ may have been used to conceal Greitens’ donors

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Emails turned over to the House investigative committee by Michael Hafner after a second subpoena reveal that “shell companies” appear to have been established to conceal the identities of donors to Gov. Eric Greitens gubernatorial campaign. In relation to the recent batch of documents, the House Special Investigative Committee on Oversight will be subpoenaing information related to the creation of to LLCs and will seek testimony from William Scharf, Greitens’ current […]

U.S. Supreme Court decision paves way for sports betting in Missouri

WASHINGTON — Missouri has the go-ahead to legalize betting on sports, following a Monday decision by the U.S. Supreme Court that struck down a federal law that barred sports gambling in most states. The Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act was struck down in a 6-3 U.S. Supreme Court ruling. The law, enacted in 1992, banned sports gambling — animal races were not included — in most states. Exceptions were made for Nevada, Montana, Oregon, and […]

Jury selection in Greitens case continues to drag with 43 jurors moving on to next phase of questioning

The team of lawyers prosecuting Governor Eric Greitens have stopped looking for the photo at the center of his felony invasion of privacy trial, according to Greitens’ team. Defense lawyers representing Greitens said in court Monday they were told by the circuit attorney’s office Friday that they had sifted through about 16,000 photos during a forensic examination of his phone and information from the cloud, but that they did not have the photo. Defense lawyer […]

Greitens trial, end of session: What to expect this week

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri is primed for an extremely busy week, so let’s break it down. Greitens’ trial Governor Eric Greitens was indicted back in February on a felony invasion of privacy charge, and now, for the first time, a sitting governor in Missouri will stand trial for a felony crime. The charge is based on the argument of whether the Governor took a nonconsensual and potentially compromising photograph of a woman he was […]