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Politically Speaking: Standing on the edge of Gov. Greitens' invasion of privacy trial

St. Louis Circuit Court Judge Rex Burlison speaks with a reporter as St. Louis Sheriff Vernon Betts escorts him into the courthouse on May 10, 2018.
Carolina Hidalgo | St. Louis Public Radio
St. Louis Circuit Court Judge Rex Burlison speaks with a reporter as St. Louis Sheriff Vernon Betts escorts him into the courthouse on May 10, 2018.

On the latest edition of Politically Speaking, St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum, Rachel Lippmann, Marshall Griffin and Jo Mannies break down all of the developments this week in Gov. Eric Greitens’ political and legal saga.

This week’s episode gives a preview of the governor’s felony invasion of privacy trial, which is slated to get started next week. We also get an update on whether legislators will impeach the governor — and the status of Greitens’ second felony charge for computer data tampering.

Jury selection for Greitens’ trial began on Thursday. It was still going on when this podcast was posted. The jury is expected to be set, at this point, on Tuesday. And that means opening arguments will begin on Wednesday.

Greitens is accused of taking a semi-nude photo of a woman without her consent — and placing it in a position to be electronically transmitted. But St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner doesn’t have the photo she says Greitens took. In fact on Friday, Greitens’ attorney, Jim Martin, said an examination of 16,000 photos and videos on the governor’s phone turned up nothing.

Without a photo, Gardner will need to count on the woman at the center of the case to testify. She’s never spoken publicly since the scandal broke in January.

Here’s what else we talked about on the show:

  • What constitutes “transmission” of a photo, the thing required to make what Greitens is accused of a felony.
  • The guidelines St. Louis Circuit Judge Rex Burlison set out for the media to cover the trial.
  • What attorneys are looking for when choosing a jury for Greitens’ trial.
  • How lawmakers are planning to arrange a special session for Greitens’ possible impeachment.
  • A review of Mannies and Rosenbaum’s interview with GOP political consultant Michael Hafner.

Follow Jason on Twitter: @jrosenbaum

Follow Rachel on Twitter: @rlippmann

Follow Marshall on Twitter: @MarshallGReport

Follow Jo on Twitter: @jmannies

Music: “Treefingers” and “In Limbo” by Radio

Jason is the politics correspondent for St. Louis Public Radio.
Rachel is the justice correspondent at St. Louis Public Radio.
Marshal was a political reporter for St. Louis Public Radio until 2018.
Jo Mannies has been covering Missouri politics and government for almost four decades, much of that time as a reporter and columnist at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. She was the first woman to cover St. Louis City Hall, was the newspaper’s second woman sportswriter in its history, and spent four years in the Post-Dispatch Washington Bureau. She joined the St. Louis Beacon in 2009. She has won several local, regional and national awards, and has covered every president since Jimmy Carter. She scared fellow first-graders in the late 1950s when she showed them how close Alaska was to Russia and met Richard M. Nixon when she was in high school. She graduated from Valparaiso University in northwest Indiana, and was the daughter of a high school basketball coach. She is married and has two grown children, both lawyers. She’s a history and movie buff, cultivates a massive flower garden, and bakes banana bread regularly for her colleagues.

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