ST. LOUIS, Missouri- The circuit judge who just denied Governor Eric Greitens a bench trial was appointed by former governor Jay Nixon to his present seat in 2011. According to Ballotpedia, Judge Rex Burlison was appointed an associate circuit judge of the 11th Judicial Circuit Court by Governor Carnahan in April of 2000. In January of the following year, he joined Attorney General Jay Nixon’s Office as chief counsel for the Eastern District. Burlison continued to serve under Nixon when he became governor. He was on the governor’s senior staff as director of the Eastern Region from February of 2009 until his judicial appointment in 2011.
According to affiliate KMOV-TV, Judge Rex Burlison ordered the trial by jury to remain scheduled for May 14 despite a motion by Greiten’s attorney. Jury selection is set to begin on May 10.
Greitens was indicted in February on felony fourth-degree invasion of privacy for allegedly taking an unauthorized photograph of a paramour in an alleged attempt at blackmail.
Greitens has admitted to the affair but has denied criminal wrongdoing.
Judge Burlison has been reviewed at a 4.04 out a possible 5 for his competence in the law and 4.10 for not being affected by partisan considerations according to Know Your Missouri Judges.