Special Prosecutor Appointed In Greitens Case

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A judge has appointed the prosecutor in Jackson County as the special prosecutor who will decide whether to refile an invasion-of-privacy case against Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens.

St. Louis Circuit Judge Rex Burlison on Monday announced that he has appointed Jackson County prosecutor Jean Peters Baker. The ruling says Baker also can consider “other incidents involving the same victim” that occurred from March 21, 2015, to Sept. 1, 2015.

The appointment came the same day that Burlison recused St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner and her office from the case.

The Republican governor was indicted by a grand jury in February. He is accused of taking a compromising and unauthorized photo of a woman during an affair in 2015.

The charge was dismissed May 14 during jury selection after the court said it would allow Greitens’ lawyers to question Gardner under oath. Gardner said it would have been improper for her to be a witness in a trial her office was prosecuting.

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