Greitens Lawyers Ask Police To Investigate St. Louis Prosecutor's Office

Police say an investigation is underway.

Kevin Killeen
May 15, 2018 - 3:40 pm
St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner

(Photo by Christian Gooden/St. Louis Post-Dispatch/TNS/Sipa USA)

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) updated with statement by Kim Gardner, St. Louis circuit attorney - A day after Missouri Governor Eric Greitens walked away from a criminal case because the charge was dropped, his lawyers are asking city police to investigate the prosecutor's handling of the case.

Attorney Ed Dowd filed a report with police listing possible criminal wrongdoing by the prosecutor's office in the invasion of privacy case.

Dowd wants police to investigate allegations the former lead investigator hired by the circuit attorney lied under oath.  William Tisaby refused to testify in a deposition about his alleged perjury, Dowd claims.

Greitens' legal team also wants police to investigate the $100,000 in cash payments made to a lawyer for the ex-husband of Greitens' former lover.

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Police issued a statement confirming they will investigate:

"Today, at 1:30 p.m. members of the SLMPD met with attorneys Ed Dowd and Scott Rosenblum here at Police Headquarters. After the meeting, it was determined the SLMPD would be opening an investigation.  We will forward a copy of the police report when it becomes available."

Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner made a statment, Tuesday afternoon:

The continued theatrics from Governor Greitens and his defense team today should surprise no one. 

I knew when I began investigating the Governor that his high-priced defense team would use whatever means possible to attack my team and me in court and through the media.  How did I know?  Twice Governor Greitens’ team of attorneys came to my office and threatened my staff and me with the continued barrage of insults and accusations if we continued to pursue charges against the Governor. 

As Circuit Attorney, I am responsible for following the evidence to seek the truth, wherever it may lead.  Sometimes the evidence leads us to hold public officials and powerful people accountable under the law, and that makes them uncomfortable. Often times, powerful people use whatever financial means available to stop prosecutors from seeking the truth.  This is not the first time (nor will it be the last) in American history when an elected official was under investigation and they attacked the investigation itself to redirect the focus from their client to something else. 

What is happening here in Missouri also mirrors what is happening on a national level.  Thankfully, the elected officials in Missouri have the courage to stand up for truth and for what is right, regardless of how messy things can get.

The actions by the defense team today do not concern me. There is not one shred of evidence that any action by Mr. Tisaby was illegal or materially impacted any evidence in this crime. There is also no evidence that Mr. Tisaby was anything other than mistaken or confused during his deposition when he answered the questions improperly. 

Just as Governor Greitens did not want anyone to conclude that he was guilty if he refused to take the stand during the trial, Mr. Tisaby’s reluctance to answer questions during his second deposition was merely due to the fact he had not been given the opportunity to review his previous deposition, which all witnesses are legally allowed to do. "

Meanwhile, Gardner's office says there's no timetable on when they might ask a special prosecutor to refile the invasion of privacy case, but they still intend to do so.

Gardner's office also says they plan to ask a grand jury to issue a formal indictment against Greitens for allegations of computer tampering connected to the donor list of the Mission Continues charity.

Asked what the cost to taxpayers is for the Greitens case so far, a spokesperson said there is no estimate of the cost at this time.

Alderman Joe Vaccaro, a member of the aldermanic Ways and Means (budget) committee, says Gardner will face questions about the cost of the Greitens cases, when she testifies before the committee May 31st.

"Hiring all those people and knowing that they never had a picture--this should've never moved forward," Vaccaro said, "And then, to say, 'gee, I want to hire another special prosecutor to try to move again forward,' I don't agree with that."

There's also a concern that Greitens legal team, with some of the highest-paid attorneys in the region, could ask the court to order the city to pay for his defense.

And there's no word on when the judge might pursue sanctions against Gardner for allegations of misconduct during the trial, something he said in court was "an issue that will survive this case."

The court house steps where Greitens stood Monday afternoon, thronged by 30 reporters and TV cameras, proclaiming his innocence, was empty on Tuesday, and the court house plaza was quiet, just a few jurors smoking on benches and lawyers with lesser cases walking along.