Gov. Greitens files motion to get evidence from prosecutors
ST. LOUIS - Gov. Eric Greitens' attorney filed a motion Thursday seeking evidence from prosecutors in the governor's invasion of privacy case.
A grand jury indicted Greitens in February on a charge of invasion of privacy connected to a woman with whom he had an affair before he was in office. The governor is accused of taking a photo of his mistress while she was blindfolded and partially nude, without her consent, and threatening to share the photo if she ever revealed the affair. Greitens admitted to the affair but said he never blackmailed the woman.
In the motion, Greitens' attorney asks for information regarding any and all promises or threats made to the ex-lover to try and get her to testify or cooperate in the investigation. The motion also seeks any messages, communications, recordings or other material related to "any and all investigations, formal or informal, or discussion or consideration of any criminal charge(s) and/or civil penalties" against the woman.
The motion states none of the above-requested material was included in the discovery turned over by the prosecution. It further says "there is reason to believe that in fact offers of leniency and/or warnings of possible criminal charges were made" to the ex-lover.
A trial date in the case has been set for May 14, with jury selection to begin May 10.