Experts examining Gov. Greitens’ cellphone during pre-trial hearing

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ST. LOUIS, MO — With less than a week to go before trial in the invasion of privacy case against Missouri Governor Eric Greitens, prosecutors obtained the governor’s cell phone in a search warrant Tuesday.

It all happened behind closed doors. Court staff locked two courtrooms in the Carnahan Courthouse and began taping papers over windows so no one could see what was going on.

Circuit Judge Rex Burlison signed off on search warrants late Monday and a forensic expert began going through the contents of the phone around 11:30am Tuesday. Experts were also collecting data from his Gmail account and extracting potential evidence from a different phone number connected to the governor.

This is a critical development in a case in which the governor is accused of taking a nude or seminude picture of his former mistress while she was blindfolded.  Eric Greitens admitted an affair in an exclusive FOX 2 interview but denied blackmail.

We may not find out what those forensic experts uncovered, if anything, until mid-trial.  Everything first has to go through someone appointed by the court who will determine what might be relevant.

Attorneys for Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens say an additional $20,000 has been paid to the lawyer for the ex-husband of a woman who had an affair with Greitens in 2015.

Greitens goes to trial next week on an invasion of privacy charge stemming from the affair with his St. Louis hairdresser, before he was elected.

Al Watkins, the attorney for the ex-husband, has previously said that two $50,000 payments showed up at his office in January for the ex-husband's defense. He identified Missouri Times publisher Scott Faughn as the man who delivered one of the $50,000 payments. A courier delivered the other.

At a court hearing Monday, defense attorney Jim Martin said Watkins testified in a deposition that Faughn made two additional $10,000 payments. It wasn't clear whether those payments also were for the ex-husband's legal representation.

Watkins declined to comment. An email message left with Faughn was not returned.

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