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Judge: No cameras to be allowed in Greitens trial

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Missouri Governor Eric Greitens seen in a mugshot on February 22, 2018. (Credit: St. Louis Police Department) Missouri Governor Eric Greitens seen in a mugshot on February 22, 2018. (Credit: St. Louis Police Department)

ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) -- The judge presiding over Governor Eric Greitens criminal case said Thursday he will not permit cameras in the courtroom.

Judge Rex Burlison said he will consider media coalition request for audio and stills, but no decision has been made yet.

KMOV, along with multiple local and national media outlets, requested cameras be allowed for transparency during the high-profile case.

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In March, News 4 reported an attorney for the woman at the center of the case against Governor Eric Greitens spoke out in court Thursday to ask the judge that no cameras allowed at the trial.

Scott Simpson, the attorney for the woman accusing the governor of taking a photo of her undressed without her consent, said he had no comment as he left court Thursday morning.

While in court, though, he told the judge he objected to cameras in the courtroom for the Governor’s trial on the charge of invasion of privacy.

He said his client has been working to protect her identity and having cameras would have “detrimental effect “on that. News 4 has and continues to conceal the woman’s identity.

The prosecution also told the judge they opposed having cameras in the courtroom, later sending a statement that read: “Our country has a long history of the kind of courtroom drama that cameras in the courtroom can provoke. We believe cameras in the courtroom could potentially compromise the ability for both the victim and the defendant to receive justice. “

Leaving court Thursday morning, one of Greitens’ defense lawyers, Jim Martin, said he needed to talk to the governor before deciding about cameras.

He also declined to speak on behalf of the governor, but did say, “we are very confident in our case.”

Martin told News 4 they have not been given a copy of any photo that could be a key piece of evidence in the case. He said that Greitens does not have a photo either.

The judge decided to wait to make a final decision about cameras in the court until a later date, but he did rule today that depositions in the case will be videotaped.

A court order, though, prohibits those from being made public.

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