Thursday, February 22, 2018

Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens is indicted on charges related to photograph taken during his extramarital affair -- and he could face up to seven years in prison

Eric Greitens mugshot

The sitting governor of Missouri -- a "family values" Republican, with presidential ambitions, and a spectacular biography that includes a stint as a Navy SEAL -- has been indicted on charges related to an admitted extramarital affair that became public last month.

Gov. Eric Greitens was booked earlier today on a felony invasion of privacy charge for allegedly taking and transmitting a non-consensual photo of his partly-nude lover shortly before his campaign for governor started, according to a report at

St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kimberly M. Gardner's office announced the indictment Thursday afternoon. A Post-Dispatch reporter saw Greitens being led down a hallway by several St. Louis city deputies on the first floor of the Carnahan Courthouse in downtown St. Louis at about 3:45 p.m. Officials later confirmed Greitens had been taken into custody and then booked at the St. Louis Justice Center.

Greitens, a Republican, declared his innocence in a written statement, and alleged the indictment is a "misguided political decision" by a "reckless liberal prosecutor." Gardner is a Democrat.

Greitens' legal team immediately filed a motion to dismiss the indictment, on grounds that any activity Greitens engaged in was "consensual."

Judge Rex M. Burlison allowed Greitens' release on a personal recognizance bond that permits him to travel freely throughout the United States. Greitens was scheduled to travel to Washington this weekend for an annual meeting of the nation’s governors.

Online court records indicate Greitens is due back in court on March 16.

Members of the Missouri House, which is led by Republicans, released a statement that they will conduct a joint investigation of the allegations against Greitens. The statement noted that any impeachment proceedings would begin in the House.

Circuit Attorney Gardner explained the legal grounds for the indictment. From

Gardner, in her statement announcing the indictment, said the grand jury found probable cause to believe Greitens violated a Missouri statute that makes it a felony if a person transmits the image contained in the photograph or film in a manner that allows access to that image via a computer.

"As I have stated before, it is essential for residents of the city of St. Louis and our state to have confidence in their leaders," Gardner said in the statement.

Earlier reports indicated Greitens took the photo and then erased the image. But today's indictment suggests his actions went much further than that. It also suggests Greitens lied to the public:

Gardner's written statement Thursday indicates there is now an allegation that he did in fact "transmit" the image at some point.

"This statute has a provision for both a felony and misdemeanor," Gardner said in her statement. "The law makes it a felony if a person transmits the image contained in the photograph or film in a manner that allows access to that image via a computer."

Under Missouri law, the crime of “invasion of privacy” includes creating “an image of another person” by any means, “without the person’s consent, while the person is in a state of full or partial nudity and is in a place where one would have a reasonable expectation of privacy.”

That offense alone — taking a compromising photo without a person’s consent, even without disseminating it or threatening to — is a Class A misdemeanor, punishable by up to a year in jail.

Invasion of privacy becomes a felony offense in Missouri if the person taking the nonconsensual picture subsequently "distributes the image to another or transmits the image in a manner that allows access to that image via computer." In that case, the crime is a Class E felony, punishable by up to four years in prison.

Vox News reports that the offense could be a Class D felony, which carries a term of up to seven years in prison.

The Kansas City Star has called for Greitens to step aside, at least temporarily:

We are not yet prepared to call for the governor to resign. But he should seriously consider declaring to the legislature — as allowed by the state constitution — that he is “unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office.”

Lt. Gov. Mike Parson would then serve until the case is resolved.

We take no joy in writing this recommendation. But Missourians deserve a full-time governor devoted to their welfare, not one focused on a felony accusation in court.

Greitens can blame no one but himself for this problem. He must make the problem his own and figure out a way to protect Missourians from the impact of his unacceptable behavior.


Rogers Stoned said...

Will it soon be the Clarence Thomas turn in the barrel?

Anonymous said...

Another one bites the dust, thanks to the Schnauzer.

legalschnauzer said...

@9:43 --

Thanks for the props, but I can't take credit for possibly bringing down Greitens. I didn't break the story, but I do have very good sources on legal issues here in Missouri, and that has helped a great deal with our reporting.

legalschnauzer said...

@8:36 --

I assume you are talking about the Angela Wright-Shannon story in the Charlotte Observer today?

Decades before the #MeToo movement, and long before Time magazine honored “the Silence Breakers,” there were Anita Hill and Angela Wright.

In 1991 both women were in Washington to accuse Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior.

Hill was allowed to testify before the Senate committee considering his nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court. Wright, who lives in Charlotte, was not.

But people are taking another look at the allegations in light of the #MeToo movement and of other women who have come forward with their own testimonies about Thomas.

This week a New York magazine story by Jill Abramson, the former editor of The New York Times, laid out a case that Thomas lied during his confirmation hearing and asked whether it’s time “to talk seriously about impeachment.”

Writing later in HuffPost, Wright – now Angela Wright-Shannon – answered that question in a column headlined: “Clarence Thomas Sexually Harassed Me. Yes, He Should Be Impeached.”

Anonymous said...

Greitens is toast. If he thinks he's staying in the governor's office, he is delusional.

Anonymous said...

Thoughts and prayers for Governor Greitens!

Like that is the solution.

Republican Governors Association (RGA) Executive Director Paul Bennecke:

“Governor Greitens informed us last night that he is going to remain in Missouri this weekend to fight back against what his team has called a baseless charge, and will not be attending the RGA’s winter meeting in Washington. Given his desire to focus his full attention on moving forward in Missouri, he also no longer intends to serve on the Executive Committee of the RGA. We look forward to a quick resolution of this issue. Our thoughts and prayers are with Governor Greitens and his family.”

His alleged victim? Guess that's not on the Republican radar.

Anonymous said...

Aboard the Eliza Battle Ms Chapelle and Captain Marshall observed Bob Yancey inspect the Marine Recruits. Jimmy had the Yella Fella's pistol and Coach and the General had John and Thomas' toy rifles. Coach had his rifle across his shoulder like a Qual hunter would carry a shotgun. Bob Yancey asked him if that was the proper way to carry a rifle and Coach replied that it was the way he carried his gun. Bob Yancey pointed at the rifle and said, That's a rifle" and then pointed at his crotch and said,"That's a gun. One is for shooting and one is for fun." Bob Yancey approached the General and asked the General to show him his weapon. The General dropped his pants to his ankles and Ms Chapelle gasped. She shouted, "Look! The General has a cupid heart with a arrow tattooed on his butt cheek". The Captain replied Yes! and the word T-h-e-o-d-o-r. After the Marines were dismissed, Ms Chapelle asked the Captain about the Navy Lt that was sighted in Russia in Jan 1991. The Captain replied that the Russians were baiting the Senators of the POW/MIA Committee to determine if they wanted to keep the Abduction of Lt MCDonald secret, or did they want the situation resolved. After the Russian had informed the american People that the sighted POW might be David Martin, the U S Navy reviewed the incident report of Martin's F4B loss. Flight personal aboard the USS Enterprise reported that two F4b a/c had collided 3-4 miles from the ship. No parachutes were observed and neither a/c was seen to enter the cloud cover. Conditions were overcast with a 600 ft cloud cover. A S&R Helicopter rescued the pilots of both a/c. Ms Chapelle asked the Captain how the Navy could determine there was another survivor from the report. The Captain replied that the Navy reviewed the real time hand written log book of the USS Enterprise next. The Log book read; Aircraft reported down are 201 and 207 of VF 92. Pilots are CDR Rough and Lt Szeyller. RIOs are LTJG Jones and ENS Martin. Helo landed aboard ship with two survivors, CDR Rough and LTJG Jones. USS Ponchatoula reported seeing 3 Life rafts and no other survivors. Ms Chapelle asked what information this exposed. The Captain replied that Lt Szeyller was not the Pilot of the other F4B- LTJG Jones was the Pilot. Lt Szeyller was the RIO of CDR's Rough's F4B. The S&R personal thought they had rescued the Pilot and RIO of a/c 201 and a/c 207 did not have any survivors. The U S Navy constructed the scenario that CDR Rough's[The Commanding Officer of VF92] F4B was air worthy and flew into the cloud cover and that Lt Szeyller ejected miles away. Ms Chapelle responded that this scenario was only a possibility- Why did the Senate Committee not inform the American People that it was possible but not probable that the sighted POW was Lt Szeyller. The Captain replied ; Because the British and Chinese girls had sent a letter to David Martin's father, that Lt Szeyller had been picked up by a fishing boat. The U S Navy assumed that the letter was a hoax in 1967 but now realized the truth. To prevent further embarrassment to the U S Navy, The Senators of the POW/MIA Committee took the Russian Bait - hook, line and sinker.

Anonymous said...

Aboard the Eliza Battle Ms Chapelle inquired about the British and Chinese girls. The Captain said that first he wanted to tell Ms Chapelle how the Senate Committee resolved the sighting of the live POW in Russia. In Nov 1992 during the Senate Committee of POW/MIA Affairs hearing, Senator Bob Smith, in his opening statement, stated That the POW in the live sighting was Air Force Pilot David M-A-R-K-E-N of the Korean War. He added that the Pentagon had no records of a David Marken but some Korean War records had been destroyed in a fire. He continued by saying that last night, somewhat dramatically and ironically, I was able to make contact indirectly through a Staff-member with the very woman who was engaged to an Air Force Pilot named David M-A-R-K-H-A-N in 1952. However, as she recounted to us, David was sent to Korea in 1952, was shot down and reported as missing in action, presumed dead. Her description of David Markhan, and she has pictures of him, matches the physical description provided by the Russian sources, Yet we have no Record of David Markhan. Ms Chapelle asked how Senator Smith made the leap from the POW being David Martin or Lt Szeyller of the Vietnam War to a unknown David Markhan of the Korean War. The Captain replied that testimony on page 136 of the Aug 11,1992 meeting of the Senate Committee hearings hold a clue. Senator McCain; Mr Perot, in your testimony before Congressman Solarz in 1986 you referred to two individuals who you stated had evidence of live prisoners of war. Can you tell us the names of these two individuals. Mr Perot; They've already testified before your committee. They've testified- these are people with very top secret clearances. Senator Kerry knows who they are. Senator Smith knows who they are. Senator McCain;" Make me the last to Know." Ms Chapelle stated that the Captain made it sound as if the Senate Committee was covering up the live sighting. The Captain added that the American Dept of Justice has evolved into a system where innocent people like Don Siegelman are imprisoned for political purposes- it allows police brutality and asset forfeiture and it spies on its own citizens. The Chairman of the Judiciary Committee allows the Dept of Justice to operate like the USSR's KGB. This Chairman was on the Senate Committee of POW/MIA Affairs that covered up the Abduction of Lt MCDonald. Future historians will debate, if this erosion of the Justice Dept, was influenced by this cover-up.

e.a.f. said...

nice white boy like that, doubt if he'll see the inside of a jail. he'll make a deal.

Now if you owe money, hell you can go to jail for as little as owing $28 in the U.S.A. Sure is weird.

Thomas S. Bean said...

In red state prairie pothole South Dakota....I went to law school with a guy named Mike Simpkins. As a solo practitioner he made a splash in the local GOP controlled paper that alleged that sitting, imperial feudal, GOP peasant Governor King, Bill Janklow had traded on insider info.

Janklow had allegedly sought advance insider info from a sitting SD Supreme Court Judge to know how The Court would rule on a case that Simpkins litigated when he sought a ruling stating that The SD Lottery was unconstitutional under The SD Constitution: Janklow allegedly sold his stock in the company that had the state contract to run the lottery.

Janklow got advance insider notice from the sitting Judge (who he appointed when Gov)?!

No fed investigation resulting in obvious "insider trading charges".

That's how Republican tough guys in SD Law Enforcement (FBI, SD US Attorneys) operate: no rule of law can possibly touch special superstars valiantly serving the public with humility and fidelity as public servants.