The criminal invasion of privacy case against Missouri Governor Eric Greitens was suddenly dismissed Monday.
The announcement came after both sides went into the judge's chambers Monday evening.
Assistant St. Louis Circuit Attorney Ronald Sullivan made the surprise announcement in court after the third day of jury selection in Greitens' trial. Sullivan cited the fact that Greitens' defense attorneys planned to call the St. Louis circuit attorney, whose handling of the case has been under constant criticism by Greitens attorneys.
A spokesperson for Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner said Greitens' defense team made a motion to include Gardner as a witness, a motion that Judge Burlison agreed to.
"The court’s order places the Circuit Attorney in the impossible position of being a witness, subject to cross-examination within the offer of proof by her own subordinates," the statement read. The prosecution filed a dismissal with the court, but the Circuit Attorney's Office said they plan to re-file charges, saying they will research the best "steps forward for this case in light of the court's ruling."
A prosecutor cannot be a witness in a case they are trying, so Gardner's office was forced to dismiss charges.
"It was a great victory and it was a long time coming. This experience has been humbling and I have emerged from it a changed man," Greitens said afterward. "Above all I am sorry for the pain this process and my actions have caused my family, my friends and the people of Missouri."