ST. LOUIS (AP) — Attorneys defending Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens in a criminal case used a highly unusual tactic when they sought to the call the prosecutor as a witness.
And the judge made another highly unusual move when he took a step toward having the prosecutor testify during Greitens’ trial on a felony invasion-of-privacy charge.
The prosecutor dropped the case, though her office said it could be refiled or pursued by a special prosecutor.
The legal twists occurred because the first-term Republican governor’s attorneys made allegations of misconduct against St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner and an investigator a key part of their defense.
Greitens was accused of taking an unauthorized and compromising photo of a woman in 2015. He admitted to having an extramarital affair with the woman but denied criminal wrongdoing.