The Latest: St. Louis prosecutor calls warrant intimidation
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Latest on a search warrant involving the St. Louis prosecutor’s office (all times local):
St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner says police, a judge and a special prosecutor are trying to intimidate and embarrass her with a warrant to search her office’s electronic records.
But Gardner told The Associated Press Wednesday that she won’t be intimidated.
The search warrant relates to records of a perjury investigation into William Tisaby, whom Gardner hired last year to investigate then-Gov. Eric Greitens.
Judge Michael Mullen on Tuesday ordered Gardner to comply with the warrant. Police and an attorney for the special prosecutor appointed to oversee the Tisaby case removed an email server.
An appeals court later issued a preliminary order halting execution of the warrant. The email server was returned about an hour after it was taken.
Mullen declined comment. Messages seeking comment from the special prosecutor and police haven’t been returned.
A Missouri appeals court has delayed an order requiring the St. Louis prosecutor to comply with a grand jury search warrant.
Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner had asked Judge Michael Mullen to quash a February search warrant seeking electronic data. Mullen issued an order Tuesday denying the request.
But later Tuesday, the appeals court issued a preliminary order halting execution of the search warrant.
The warrant is part of an investigation into alleged perjury by William Tisaby, hired by Gardner last year to investigate ex-Gov. Eric Greitens. Gardner’s office has argued that the search warrant was burdensome and unconstitutionally broad.
Greitens was charged with invasion of privacy in February 2018, alleging he took a semi-nude photo of a woman during a 2015 extramarital affair, without consent.
Charges were eventually dropped, but Greitens resigned in June.