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Judge appoints Jackson County prosecutor to take over Greitens case

Judge Rex Burlison has replaced St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner as prosecutor in the Eric Greitens Invasion of Privacy case and appointed Jean Peters Baker. (KRCG 13)

St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kimberly Gardner, who was barred from continuing her role as prosecutor of Governor Eric Greitens in an Invasion of Privacy case, has been replaced by order of Judge Rex Burlison with Jackson County Prosecuting Attorney Jean Peters Baker.

Baker was requested by St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner, who last week dropped her charges against Greitens when it was announced that the defense planned to call her as a witness in the case. That would have put her in the position to be cross-examined by her own staff.

Garder filed a motion requesting that Baker and his staff replace her team, and Burlison today released his decision.

A St. Louis grand jury indicted Greitens February 22 for felony invasion of privacy. Greitens was accused of taking a picture of a woman with whom he was having an affair in a state of undress without her permission in 2015. Greitens acknowledged the affair, but has denied any criminal wrongdoing.

The computer tampering charge against the governor remains on the docket, according to online court records. A hearing has been set in that case for Tuesday.

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