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Gov. Eric Greitens announced in late May that he would resign after facing months of political and legal scandals.The saga started in January, when KMOV released a recording of a woman saying Greitens took a compromising photo of her during a sexual encounter and threatened to blackmail her.A St. Louis grand jury indicted Greitens in February on felony invasion of privacy. The woman testified to lawmakers that Greitens sexually and physically abused her, spurring bipartisan calls for his resignation or impeachment.The invasion of privacy charge was eventually dropped by St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s office following a series of prosecutorial missteps before the trial began. Greitens was also accused of illegally obtaining a donor list from the veterans non-profit he co-founded with his political campaign, but that charge, too, was dismissed as part a deal that led to his resignation as governor.

Greitens trial jury selection enters third day

Defense attorney Scott Rosenblum leaves the Civil Courts building in downtown St. Louis on May 10, the first day of jury selection in Governor Eric Greitens' felony invasion of privacy trial.
Rachel Lippmann | St. Louis Public Radio
Defense attorney Scott Rosenblum leaves the Civil Courts building in downtown St. Louis on Thursday. Jury selection in Gov. Eric Greitens' trial continues for a third day on Monday.

Opening arguments in Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens' felony invasion of privacy trial have been pushed back until at least Wednesday, as jury selection is taking longer than expected.

Attorneys will spend a third day Monday questioning potential jurors about how much they have heard about the case, and whether they've formed any early opinions.

Circuit Judge Rex Burlison had hoped to ask 160 people those preliminary questions by Friday, but was able to finish the process for half that number. That means a second round of more detailed questioning cannot start until Tuesday at the earliest.

Thirty-three potential jurors have advanced to that second round. Burlison said he believes they will be enough jurors to avoid having to hear the case himself, although a motion for a bench trial is still pending.

Greitens is accused of taking a semi-nude photograph without the consent of the woman with whom he was having an affair, and then transmitting it so it could be accessed by a computer. Prosecutors admit they still do not have the photo.

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