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Judge grants Eric Greitens access to ex-wife’s phone records in custody case

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Former Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens will be able to view his ex-wife’s phone records from the days before his explosives depot allegations of child and spousal abuse against the Republican candidate for the Senate.

In an order dated April 28, Associate Circuit Judge Leslie Schneider denied Sheena Greitens’ motion to quash subpoenas for her phone logs and text messages. In the same order, Schneider denied Eric Greitens’ request for phone records for his former campaign manager, Austin Chambers, and Sheena Greitens’ sister, Catherine Linkul.

The order was posted Thursday on Casenet, the state’s online court records system, and did not include any information about Schneider’s reasoning for the decision. Schneider ruled two days later hear the arguments of Gary Stamper, attorney for Eric Greitens; Helen Wade, attorney for Sheena Greitens; Kurt Schaefer, Chambers Advocate; and David Niemeier, Linkul’s lawyer.

Eric Greitens is seeking phone records in an effort to prove that Sheena Greitens conspired with his political enemies, including former presidential adviser Karl Rove and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, to draft the affidavit containing the allegations of abuse and to ensure that they were well publicized. .

Eric Greitens speaks to the media February 22 after filing his candidacy for the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate. (Madeline Carter/Missouri Independent).

In affidavits in court, Sheena Greitens said she had not discussed the affidavit with anyone other than Wade prior to the date it was filed.

Stamper argued to Schneider that phone records were the quickest way to determine whether Sheena Greitens had worked with political opponents to deliver the Affidavit of March 21 to the Associated Press minutes after its deposit.

“I’m interested in knowing who was talking to whom at or around the time of the leak in an effort to confirm a sad suspicion,” Stamper said.

Wade argued that the phone records had nothing to do with the underlying issue.

“The conspiracy theory that Mr. Greitens concocted is just that – it’s not real,” Wade said.

Sheena Greitens and Eric Greitens divorced in 2020, two years after he resigned as governor in a deal to dismiss criminal charges. She is trying to transfer jurisdiction over their child care arrangements to Texas, where she is on the faculty of the University of Texas, Boone County, where she lived while working on the faculty of the University from Missouri.

Eric Greitens is attempting a political comeback in the Republican primary for the US Senate.

He owns always led or been in a statistical tie along with other major contestants in the 21-person contest. No public polls have been conducted since the week following the release of Sheena Greitens’ affidavit on March 21.

The subpoenas, which sought information directly from Verizon and AT&T, sought the call logs and text messages of Sheena Greitens, Chambers, Linkul, Rove and another unidentified person for the period from February 1 to March 22. Rove’s request for records has been dropped. before Schneider leads the April 26 hearing on the motions to quash the subpoenas.

Dylan Johnson, campaign manager for Eric Greitens, released a statement on Thursday again accusing Sheena Greitens of lying in her affidavit and saying their two sons’ medical and dental records show no abuse took place .

“We expect the facts to show, unfortunately, that she coordinated with lieutenants Mitch McConnell and Karl Rove to peddle these false allegations,” Johnson said in the statement emailed to The Independent. . “Ultimately, we look forward to having access to their records as well.”

A statement released by Stamper repeated arguments he made in the filings that Sheena Greitens had a duty to disclose the allegations in his March 21 affidavit during the original divorce case.

Sheena Greitens, former First Lady of Missouri

“A neutral observer might conclude that the mother’s admitted silence through the discord common to failing marriages while simultaneously concocting an advantageous strategy to circumvent a previously agreed-upon court order suggests that her motivation might be less than honourable,” reads- on in the statement, which has not been attributed to anyone. name.

Wade did not respond to an email from The Independent seeking comment. Schaefer declined to comment on the decision.

The couple are due in court on Tuesday for a hearing on Eric Greitens’ motion to compel Sheena Greitens to comply with the visitation order issued with their 2020 divorce decree. Wade asked Schneider to move a hearing set for May 27 on Sheena Greitens’ request to move the case to Texas to Tuesday.

While that motion does not state a reason to move the hearing forward, in a March 31 filing, Sheena Greitens said she was under daily social media attacks from Eric Greitens and his allies. . She was trying to refrain from making public statements, she said, but would struggle to remain publicly silent until May 27.

“I would like to continue to limit my comments on this to the courtroom, but it will be difficult to do so if we cannot resolve the question of where this case should be decided before May 27, because I am expect to have to go through two months of lying public attacks on my character, my motherhood and my professionalism,” she said.

Stamper objected to adding the jurisdictional issue to Tuesday’s hearing due to lack of time to prepare. Stamper instead suggested that Schneider move the arguments set for Tuesday to the May 27 hearing.