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House committee investigating Greitens hires extra help

The Missouri House committee investigating Governor Eric Greitens has beefed up its staff.

A spokesman for committee chairman Jay Barnes, R-Jefferson City, said former State Supreme Court Chief Justice Edward “Chip” Robertson, Jr., and Sedalia attorney Mark Kempton will serve as special counsel to the committee as it continues its investigation.

“Judge Robertson provides experience and knowledge to our committee as we continue to fairly and thoroughly investigate the facts,” Barnes said in a written statement. “We welcome the expertise of Judge Robertson and Mark Kempton as the committee continues its work.”

Robertson served on the Missouri Supreme Court from 1985 to 1998, and also served a two-year term as Chief Justice from July 1991 to June 1993. He’s now a partner at a Kansas City law firm. Kempton briefly served as a prosecuting attorney in Pettis County in the late 1970’s, and is now a partner at a Sedalia law firm.

The committee released a report containing allegations that Greitens had a physical and sexually abusive relationship with his former hairdresser in 2015. He’s awaiting trial next month on an invasion of privacy charge. Greitens has repeatedly said he’s the target of a witch hunt and predicts he’ll be found innocent.

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Marshall Griffin is the Statehouse reporter for St. Louis Public Radio.
Marshall Griffin
St. Louis Public Radio State House Reporter Marshall Griffin is a native of Mississippi and proud alumnus of Ole Miss (welcome to the SEC, Mizzou!). He has been in radio for over 20 years, starting out as a deejay. His big break in news came when the first President Bush ordered the invasion of Panama in 1989. Marshall was working the graveyard shift at a rock station, and began ripping news bulletins off an old AP teletype and reading updates between songs. From there on, his radio career turned toward news reporting and anchoring. In 1999, he became the capital bureau chief for Florida's Radio Networks, and in 2003 he became News Director at WFSU-FM/Florida Public Radio. During his time in Tallahassee he covered seven legislative sessions, Governor Jeb Bush's administration, four hurricanes, the Terri Schiavo saga, and the 2000 presidential recount. Before coming to Missouri, he enjoyed a brief stint in the Blue Ridge Mountains, reporting and anchoring for WWNC-AM in Asheville, North Carolina. Marshall lives in Jefferson City with his wife, Julie, their dogs, Max and Liberty Belle, and their cat, Honey.
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