Law professor says Greitens resignation could say a lot about future legal proceedings
JEFFERSON CITY —
Governor Eric Greitens' resignation meant the end of the Special House Investigative Committee on Oversight's work.
After Greitens' resignation, the committee canceled all upcoming hearings.
The House was technically still in session until June 17, but is not receiving any extra pay.
While Greitens' involvement with the legislature will end, he still has a felony computer tampering charge and a special prosecutor is considering re-filing charges in the invasion of privacy case.
St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner said she has been in contact with Greitens' defense team and they have reached a resolution.
"He's giving up something very valuable to him and to anyone, the governorship of the state of Missouri," John Ammann, a St. Louis University law professor said.
"To resign and allow felony charges to still be pending or the possibility of felony charges to be out there just doesn't make any sense," Ammann said.
Ammann also said any charges against Greitens would most likely be reduced to a misdemeanor.
The law professor said new governor, Mike Parson, could have a say in Greitens' future legal fate if criminal proceedings continued.
"You've got the option that the new governor, Mike Parson, a fellow republican to the governor could pardon Governor Greitens. I'm not sure how likely that is," Ammann said.
Gardner said she would release more details on the resolution she reached with Greitens' defense team on Wednesday.