Second special prosecutor appointed over Greitens case

Posted at 5:28 PM, Jul 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-16 18:28:40-04

ST. LOUIS (AP)  — Last year's criminal case involving Missouri's former governor is under the scrutiny of a second special prosecutor, this time to investigate allegations from St. Louis' prosecutor.

Presiding St. Louis Circuit Judge Rex Burlison on Tuesday appointed retired Boone County Associate Circuit Judge Michael Bradley to investigate allegations against Eric Greitens' attorneys from St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner. She alleged that Greitens' attorneys threatened to "ruin" her last year if she didn't back off the investigation of the former Republican governor.

Gardner charged Greitens with invasion of privacy in February 2018 for allegedly taking a compromising and unauthorized photo of a woman during an extramarital affair. The charge was later dropped but Greitens resigned in June 2018.

The appointment is the latest move in a long-running battle between Gardner and the Greitens defense team.

Gardner, a Democrat, told The Associated Press in a 2018 interview that several of Greitens' lawyers came to her office in March 2018 to try to persuade her to drop the case. "Basically they told me I would be ruined personally, professionally, and it's only going to get worse," she said at the time.

One of Greitens' attorneys, Jack Garvey, has called Gardner's allegations "completely false."

A spokeswoman for Gardner did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Meanwhile, a separate special prosecutor appointed over issues raised by Greitens' attorneysindicted an investigator hired by Gardner, William Tisaby, for perjury last month. That investigation continues .

The indictment of Tisaby, a former FBI agent, accused him of lying during a deposition. He denied any wrongdoing.

The Tisaby indictment raised concerns about whether Gardner was complicit in his alleged crimes, saying she failed to correct Tisaby's inaccuracies or report them, and that she herself made incorrect statements to defense lawyers and a judge. She said she did nothing illegal or unethical.

Earlier this month, a group of about three dozen of the region's black leaders stood behind Gardner during a news conference as a show of support. Some alleged that the allegations against her were racially motivated.

Gardner, elected in 2016, is St. Louis' first black circuit attorney.