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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.

Politically Speaking: How 12 St. Louis residents will decide Gov. Greitens’ legal fate

Gov. Eric Greitens' defense team outside the Carnahan Courthouse in downtown St. Louis following a hearing. March 26, 2018.
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Gov. Eric Greitens' defense team outside the Carnahan Courthouse in downtown St. Louis following a hearing on March 26, 2018.

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

This week’s episode zeroes in on St. Louis Circuit Judge Rex Burlison’s decision to have a jury, rather than himself, decide whether Greitens is guilty of felony invasion of privacy.

In the past couple of weeks, Gov. Eric Greitens asked for his felony invasion of privacy trial to be decided by a judge, not a jury. Greitens' team also wanted one of Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner’s attorneys to be bounced  — and for the entire case be thrown out. Burlison gave his answer on Monday: no, to all three requests.

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Other topics on this week’s show include:

  • Whether Greitens is helped or hurt by a jury trial, especially since St. Louis has voted traditionally for Democratic candidates.
  • Questions about whether Burlison can be impartial in the case, since his former boss, Gov. Jay Nixon, belongs to a law firm that employs two of Greitens’ attorneys.
  • How Greitens’ campaign just released radio ads claiming that liberals are “hell-bent” on stopping the governor’s agenda. That feeds into the narrative that Greitens’ allies are floating that he’s been besieged by left-of-center enemies, even though the governor’s loudest critics have been Republicans.

Follow Jason on Twitter: @jrosenbaum

Follow Jo on Twitter: @jmannies

Follow Rachel Twitter: @rlippmann

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