"While the governor admitted to the affair, he's strenuously denied the woman's characterizations of his behavior".
Although he didn't throw out the case, Burlison will allow Greitens' attorneys to retake some depositions with limited questions and will consider monetary sanctions at the end of the case.
It's a stark turnabout for Greitens, 44, who won the governor's office in 2016, succeeding Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon after recording an upset win in the Republican primary.
In this case, Burlison said, the playing field has been unfairly tilted, but it is "capable of being cured".
The Republican governor's legal team last week accused St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner, a Democrat, of prosecutorial misconduct, saying she tried to hide video evidence supporting the governor and his assertions that the affair was entirely consensual.
Namely, they claim a private investigator hired by the prosecutor in the case lied under oath.
Some lawmakers say the ongoing developments and controversies surrounding the governor are slowing down the people's business.
Lawyers on both sides declined to comment after the hearing.
Prosecutors have said they made a mistake in relying on Tisaby but that it didn't warrant dismissing the case.
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Hawley indicated that the legal deadline is fast approaching to charge Greitens with a crime of tampering with computer data.
Hawley called on Greitens to resign after the release of a Missouri state House committee's graphic report that contained allegations Greitens engaged in non-consensual sexual activity and violence against the woman.
They had argued that sanctions were not warranted.
If Greitens doesn't quit, Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard said the House should immediately begin impeachment proceedings to try to remove him from office. That case also has been referred to the St. Louis prosecutor. She is to decide whether or not the Governor broke the law before the statute of limitations runs out.
During discussion of a previous, unsuccessful, motion to dismiss, prosecutors said they would re-file the charge if it was dismissed.
His spokeswoman Mary Compton said in a statement that Hawley became involved after the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported in February 2018 that it had obtained a copy of an email indicating that a Greitens employee who previously worked at The Mission Continues had shared the donor list with Laub and Michael Hafner, who had been working for Greitens' gubernatorial exploratory committee, in January 2015.
The woman with whom he had the affair has described Greitens taking a photo of her while she was bound, nude and blindfolded, and then threatening to blackmail her with the photo if she told anyone about their relationship.
Also Monday, the judge issued an order requiring the woman to provide the defense with "any phone now in her possession on which she received or has at any time been able to view the text messages from (her ex-husband) as referenced in (the woman's) interview conducted by William Don Tisaby in January 2018".