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Prosecutors drop charge against Greitens

ST. LOUIS (AP) – Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens is calling the decision to drop a criminal charge against him “a great victory that has been a longtime coming.”

The St. Louis circuit attorney’s office abruptly dropped an invasion-of-privacy charge Monday against Greitens after the third day of jury selection for his trial.

Prosecutors cited a decision by the judge to allow Greitens’ attorneys to call Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner as a witness. Greitens’ attorneys have accused a private attorney hired by Gardner of committing perjury.

Greitens appeared outside the courthouse afterward and made a brief statement denouncing the “false charges” and apologizing “for the pain” that his actions cause.

Prosecutors said they will make a decision later on whether to seek a special prosecutor or appoint someone to continue pursuing the case.

(This story was last updated at 5:54 a.m. Tuesday.)

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