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Greitens' Attorneys Want A Judge, Not Jury, To Rule In Case

07 May 2018

Missouri House and Senate Leadership announced they had enough signatures to call the special session in a Thursday night news conference.

House Speaker Todd Richardson said the decision to call a special session was not made lightly.

A constitutionally-required three-fourths of lawmakers signed the petition calling for the special session, a first of its kind action by lawmakers. The only state official to be ousted by impeachment was Missouri Secretary of State Judi Moriarty in 1994.

Greitens's political situation, however, deteriorated significantly after prosecutors in St. Louis unveiled a second, unrelated set of felony charges against the governor, based this time on his alleged use of a charity donor list from The Mission Continues, a veteran-focused non-profit he co-founded, for his campaign in violation of election laws.

Greitens is also facing criminal charges in connection with the affair and the handling of the donor list.

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The triple-A-rated state's revenue collections for fiscal 2018 at $7.8 billion are up 2.1% from $7.64 billion previous year, state budget director Dan Haug said in the latest general revenue report through April.

The special session is unprecedented in Missouri.

Richardson says a special session means the bipartisan House Special Investigative Committee on Oversight will have the time it needs to finish its investigation.

He's charged in St. Louis with invasion of privacy for allegedly taking and transmitting an unauthorized photo of a woman while she was nude, blindfolded and bound in the basement of his St. Louis home in 2015.

"Members signed this petition because they believe in a fair process that will not be rushed to conclusion by an artificial deadline".

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The House investigatory committee released a report this week indicating that Greitens had misused The Mission Continues donor list.

The woman agreed to testify only after the allegations that the governor had photographed without her consent were widely reported in the media.

From Greitens' initial statement to the legal battle, read the Post-Dispatch coverage of the governor's scandal.

Under Missouri law, any articles of impeachment would be proposed to the General Assembly by the special House committee.

"The call of this historic act is for the sole objective to consider the findings and recommendation of the House committee, including disciplinary actions against Governor Greitens", Richardson said.

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Greitens' Attorneys Want A Judge, Not Jury, To Rule In Case