Greitens' Lawyers Renew Bench Trial Request

May 4, 2018

Credit St. Louis Public Radio

Attorneys for Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens are renewing a request to have the judge, not a jury, decide the felony invasion of privacy case facing the Republican governor.

A court filing late Thursday cites negative publicity that has "destroyed any chance of obtaining a fair trial." The charge stems from an extramarital affair in 2015, before Greitens was elected.

He has admitted to the affair but denied criminal wrongdoing. Greitens is accused of taking an unauthorized photo of the woman while she was partially nude, blindfolded and bound.

In addition to negative news coverage, the motion criticizes the Missouri House for releasing reports so close to the trial.

Jury selection begins May 10 and the trial is scheduled to start May 14.

Judge Rex Burlison in March denied Greitens' first request for a bench trial.