Prosecutors announced they were dropping the charge about 4:40 p.m. Monday, after about 40 minutes of whispered conferences among lawyers and multiple trips to the chambers of Circuit Judge Rex Burlison.
Lawyers for Greitens have criticized the way Gardner has handled the case.
Before the charge was ultimately dropped, the prosecutor was left with few options in orcder to proceed with the case. I'm aware and all this money is being squandered away.
"Once she takes the 5th Amendment, then I think it's prosecutorial suicide to be the chief law enforcement officer of your city and you're taking the 5th amendment, I don't think that's good and I don't think that looks good", said Garvey. After the invasion of privacy case was dropped, Senate GOP leaders said in a strong statement that "the governor has lost the moral authority and the ability to lead the state going forward, and we reaffirm our call that he resign immediately".
"When the court and the defense team put the state in the impossible position of choosing between her professional obligations and the pursuit of justice, the Circuit Attorney will always choose the pursuit of justice", Gardner's office wrote in a statement.
Investigators have been unable to find the alleged photo, and the case hinged on the woman's testimony.
Greitens, 44, has admitted the affair but denied blackmailing the woman. Prosecutors say they now intend to hire a special prosecutor.
Without a photo the charge could be hard to prove, and Anders Walker, a law professor at St. Louis University, told the New York Times that he doubts prosecutors would bring a similar charge.
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He also said there were no offers from the Russian side to release hacked emails, hack voting totals or anything else. The committee did not interview Natalia Veselnitskaya, the Russian lawyer at the center of the meeting.
A forensic expert has examined a cellphone used by the governor and has not found evidence of the nude photo.
But Hanaway said she believes a subpoena issued to A New Missouri - a secretive committee that supports Greitens' agenda - is "beyond the scope of the investigation" by the House. Greitens has dismissed the committee report as "lies" and "tabloid trash".
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.
House Speaker Todd Richardson, House Speaker Pro Tem Elijah Haahr and House Majority Floor Leader Rob Vescovo said in a statement they're still waiting for a recommendation from a special House committee on whether to impeach Greitens.
'The dismissal of the felony invasion of privacy charge does not change the facts that have been revealed to the Missouri House of Representative's Special Investigative Committee on Oversight. That's the day Greitens and the woman had a sexual encounter, and she claims he took a picture while she was bound and nude or semi-nude. Martin said prosecutors said they had stopped pursuing a photo.
Jury selection is taking longer than expected in the criminal trial of Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens. Instead, attorneys who began screening 160 prospective jurors last week are to continuing doing so Monday. He hasn't directly answered questions about whether he took the photo. One of the figures under discussion now was Missouri Governor Eric Greitens, who was preparing to go to trial on charges that he took a nude photo of his hairdresser when she was bound and blindfolded and threatened to blackmail her with it.
Greitens, who has faced a political firestorm following the revelation of his 2015 extra-marital affair, celebrated the legal victory.