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Greitens' Case Suddenly Dismissed, Prosecutors Plan To Refile With Special Prosecutor

A charge of invasion-of-privacy against Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens was suddenly dropped Monday evening by St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kimberly Garner. The move came after lawyers from both sides went into the judge's chambers to meet. Jury selection had been underway since Thursday, possibly extending into Tuesday before the charge was dropped.

A charge of invasion-of-privacy against Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens was suddenly dropped Monday evening by St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kimberly Garner.

The move came after lawyers from both sides went into the judge's chambers to meet. Jury selection had been underway since Thursday, possibly extending into Tuesday before the charge was dropped.

Gardner says her office plans to refile the charge with a special prosecutor.

Assistant St. Louis Circuit Attorney Ronald Sullivan made the surprise announcement in court.

Sullivan cited the fact that Greitens' defense attorneys planned to call the St. Louis circuit attorney, whose handling of the case has been under constant criticism by Greitens attorneys.

Greitens' defense team has particularly focused on the prosecutor's hiring of a private investigator, William Tisaby, whom Greitens' lawyers have accused of perjury.

The Republican governor was accused of taking and transmitting a nonconsensual photo of an at least partially nude woman with whom he had an affair in 2015.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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