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Greitens Accuser To Be Named At Trial

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A St. Louis judge has ruled that the woman involved in an affair with Missouri Governor Eric Greitens can be referred to by her name in court.
    Judge Rex Burlison issued the ruling during a hearing Wednesday, a day before jury selection begins in Greitens' felony invasion of privacy case. He's accused of taking a partially nude and unauthorized photo of the woman during an affair in 2015, before he was elected.
    Until now, the woman has been referred to only by her initials in court and in court filings. Prosecutors sought to refer to her as the "victim." Defense attorney Jim Bennett told Burlison that term is prejudicial.
    Burlison, noting the woman never filed a police report, agreed with Bennett's request to allow her to be referred to by name. Her ex-husband, whose name also has not previously been used, also can be referred to by name.
    Jury selection is expected to start Thursday morning and last at least two days. Testimony is scheduled to begin Monday.
    Prosecutors say Greitens violated state law that prohibits taking an unauthorized photo of someone in a full or partial state of nudity. They're expected to argue that taking such a photo with a cellphone involves transmission of the photo, from pixels to memory card, which is a felony.
    Greitens has acknowledged the affair. He's refused to say whether he took the photo. He calls the charge a "witch hunt."

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