Jury selection in Missouri governor’s trial to enter 3rd day


ST. LOUIS (AP) — Opening arguments had been expected to begin Monday in the criminal trial of Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens, but attorneys instead are still sorting through dozens of prospective jurors who will decide the case.

Greitens faces a felony invasion-of-privacy charge for allegedly taking and transmitting a photo of an at least partially naked woman without her permission in March 2015. If convicted, the Republican governor could be sentenced to up to four years in prison. 

Eric GreitensJury selection began Thursday with a pool of 160 prospects. They first filled out a questionnaire, then some were subjected to further questioning by attorneys as they sought to weed out people who could have a bias or for whom service would be too burdensome.

Circuit Judge Rex Burlison acknowledged Friday that the process was taking longer than anticipated. He said some people originally scheduled to be questioned Friday would have to return Monday, and a second phase of the jury selection process would continue into Tuesday.

Greitens has acknowledged having what he says was a consensual affair but has denied criminal wrongdoing. He has declined to directly answer questions about whether he took the photo for which he is charged. Greitens has said the affair started and ended in 2015, as he was preparing to run for governor. He was elected in November 2016.

The woman, who has been identified only as K.S. in court filings, has testified that Greitens bound her hands to exercise equipment in March 2015 in the basement of his St. Louis home, blindfolded her and removed her clothes before she saw a flash and heard what sounded like the click of a cellphone camera. She has said Greitens threatened to disseminate the photo if she spoke of their encounter but later told her he had deleted it.

Greitens faces a separate criminal charge in St. Louis of tampering with computer data for allegedly disclosing the donor list of The Mission Continues to his political fundraiser in 2015 without the permission of the St. Louis-based veterans’ charity he founded. No trial date has been set for that case.

The Legislature also is to convene Friday in a monthlong special session to consider whether to try to impeach Greitens.


2 thoughts on “Jury selection in Missouri governor’s trial to enter 3rd day

  1. He’ll need more time to stack the jury with BDSM freaks that will acquit him.

    I can see the jury questionnaire now:
    1. Have you ever whipped your lover with a leather belt?
    2. Do you keep your wife chained to a radiator?
    3. Do you consider a good face-slapping to be foreplay?

  2. any chance they could lock him up and say , yer in here for the 4 years you were sentenced to… than just forget abut him , oh for the next 20 or so years ,, you know a “clerical error”

    let the jew rot

    His father is Catholic and his mother is Jewish, and he was raised in his mother’s faith… nuff said?

    probably should watch to see how many jurors are Jews , that will tell you exactly how this will go

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