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Greitens adds former judge to his legal defense team

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ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) -- Gov. Eric Greitens has added a new lawyer to his team amidst investigations surrounding allegations of blackmail during an extramarital affair.

A member of Greitens’ current legal team confirms to News 4 that John “Jack” Garvey is now assisting with Greitens’ defense.

Garvey was a judge in the St. Louis courts for 18 years before retiring and going into a private practice.

Local attorneys say Garvey’s hiring could signal a shift in Greitens’ strategy to begin to prepare for the possibility of having to defend himself in criminal proceedings.

In January, Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner announced she would be launching a criminal investigation into allegations against the governor. A grand jury has issued at least one subpoena in the case.

News 4 was the first to report on a confirmation from Greitens that he had engaged in an extramarital affair in 2015. In January, the ex-husband of the woman involved in the affair released audio recordings of the woman discussing the affair. In the recordings, she alleges Greitens took a picture of her in a compromising position and threatened to release it if she spoke his name to anyone.

Greitens has admitted to the affair but has repeatedly denied any blackmail. He has also repeatedly declined to answer direct questions about whether or not he took a photo of the woman.

An attorney for Governor Greitens, Jim Bennett, previously told News 4, “We are aware that the Circuit Attorney announced an investigation and continue to believe that any fair investigation would conclude favorably for Governor Greitens.”

He declined to provide further comment about Garvey’s role on the team.

Garvey confirmed he is part of the team and deferred all other questions to Bennett, who declined to comment further.

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