Perjury trial is near for investigator in Grettens case

scheduled tribe. LOUIS (AP) — Jury selection begins Thursday in St. Louis, in a trial for the perjury and evidence tampering of the man whose investigation played a key role in the 2018 resignation of former Missouri Governor Eric Grettens, as Grittens is running for the US Senate amid the allegations. Because of his misbehavior with his ex-wife.

Private investigator William Tisabi was indicted in 2019 on six counts of perjury and one count of tampering with evidence, crime prosecutors say they investigate allegations that Grittens took a compromising photo of a woman And threatened to use it as blackmail. Jury selection is expected to take two days, with testimony beginning Monday.

The Tisaby case also comes weeks before a hearing on the fate of the St. Louis prosecutor who hired him. Missouri’s chief disciplinary attorney has accused circuit attorney Kim Gardner of withholding evidence that may have helped Greetens. His hearing is on April 11.

If the charges persist, he could face a variety of penalties, the worst likely being the revocation of his law license. Unlike Tisaby, Gardner has not been criminally charged and has said that he did nothing wrong.

Tisabi’s trial comes as Greetens, in the midst of an attempt at a political comeback, faces allegations from his ex-wife that he was physically abusive and tells her that he took the compromising photo. In Sheena Grittens’ affidavit filed in a Missouri court on Monday as part of Grittens’ child custody case, Sheena Grittens presents her ex-husband as someone who tried to destroy his reputation in order to win custody. Threatened to use his political connections and influence. of children.

Eric Grittens called the allegations “completely fabricated” and “baseless”.

He is among several candidates seeking the Republican nomination to retire from Sen. Roy Blunt’s seat. Preliminary voting ahead of the August primary shows Grittens and Attorney General Eric Schmidt at the fore, with US Representative Vicky Hartzler not far behind. Hartzler and Schmitt were among GOP candidates who called for Greetens to drop out of the race after the court filing.

Greetens was just one year into his first term as governor in January 2018, when he admitted a 2015 extramarital affair with his St. What turned into a criminal investigation was an audio recording made secretly by the woman’s husband. In it, she said that Greetens tied her hands to the rings exercise, blindfolded her and stripped her clothes before taking the photo and threatened to reveal it if she ever spoke about the affair. Will be done.

In the affidavit, Sheena Greetens said that her ex-husband admitted that he had actually taken an objectionable photo of the hairstylist. But she says in the affidavit that he warned her that she could face legal trouble of her own if she ever disclosed the fact. He later found out that this was not the case.

Grittens points to the charges against Tisabi and moves to discipline Gardner as evidence that he was the victim of politics and unfair prosecution. From the start, he accused Gardner, a Democrat, of political vendetta.

In an unusual move, Gardner hired Tisabi, a former FBI agent, to investigate, instead of relying on the police. His investigation led to a serious allegation of invasion of privacy. Grittens said the case was consensual and denied criminal wrongdoing.

Jury selection only began in May 2018, when Gardner dropped the charge after a judge ruled that he would have to answer questions under oath from Grittens’ attorneys, who attacked his handling of the case. She said it put her in an “impossible” position to be a witness in the case she was prosecuting.

Meanwhile, Gardner had filed a second, unrelated, charge accusing Grittens of tampering with computer data, allegedly for disclosing a list of top donors to his political fundraiser, which he Without the charity’s permission, The Mission Continues was founded. That charge was dropped when Greetens agreed to resign. He left the post in June 2018.

The indictment against Tisabi, who lives in Trussville, Alabama, accused him of lying during a statement in preparation for Grittens’ trial and of concealing notes taken during an interview with the former governor’s accuser. The indictment states that Tisabi lied under oath “about matters which could or would substantially affect the course or outcome of the Grittens case.”

The indictment alleged that Tisabi refused to take notes during his interview with the barber, although a recording of the interview which he initially said was not viewable due to an equipment malfunction showed him doing so. The indictment also states that Tisbee claimed that he had not received notes from the prosecutor’s office prior to interviewing the woman, although a document uncovered during grand jury proceedings shows that Gardner called Tisbee. Provided his notes.

The indictment was also critical of Gardner, saying she had failed to correct the false statements. It noted that relying on an outside investigator rather than the police was “contrary to normal protocol”.

Tisaby’s lawyer, Jermaine Wooten, called Tisaby “an honest and decent person” who is “very upset that he is being made a scapegoat.”

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