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Eric Greitens has won a court battle over his text messages

St. Louis attorney Ben Sansone sued Greitens in 2017 over usage of the Confide app.

July 09, 2019 - 9:22 am
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JEFFERSON CITY (KMOX) — Eric Greitens wins a legal battle over his text messages.

A Cole County Circuit judge has dismissed claims that former Gov. Greitens' office used a message-deleting app called Confide to avoid the state Sunshine Law.

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St. Louis attorney Ben Sansone sued Greitens in 2017 over usage of the Confide app. Greitens resigned last year in the face of possible impeachment and allegations of sexual and political misconduct, but the lawsuit continued.

The judge ruled that Confide doesn't create government records that can be retained. Beetem also ruled that as a private citizen, Sansone cannot sue Greitens over alleged Sunshine Law violations.

Beetem set a July 23 hearing over Sansone's remaining claim that Greitens' administration failed to turn over certain phone records.

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