St. Louis, MO (KTRS) The St. Louis judge presiding over the felony invasion case of Governor Eric Greitens ruled on several key motions on Wednesday during a pre-trial hearing.
Judge Rex Burlison ruled against the prosecutions request that the former mistress be referred to as the “victim.” Defense attorney Jim Martin argued that the term is prejudicial. Burlison noted that the woman never filed a police report and ruled the woman will be called by her name. Her ex-husband will also be referred to by his name.
Another motion filed by the prosecution was to exclude the sexual and psychiatric history of the former mistress. The judge said he would take that issue up in chambers with the attorneys. He did not rule on that motion during the hearing.
Burlison also ruled that no audio recording will be allowed by the media during the trial. He said he will allow still photography for the first ten minutes on the first day of the trial.
The charges stem from Greitens allegedly taking an authorized photo of his former mistress during a sexual encounter and threatening to blackmail her with the photo if she ever revealed their affair. The alleged incident happened prior to Greitens being elected.
Jury selection begins on Thursday.