John Hancock

Missouri governor's troubles trace to action in spring 2015

Eric Greitens was a busy man in spring 2015.

He was launching a gubernatorial campaign by calling donors to a veterans' charity he founded. He was promoting his new book "Resilience" with the help of a university-administered grant. And he was initiating an extramarital affair.

Three years later, Greitens' ambitious spring has grown into a mountain of troubles towering over Missouri government and politics that has overshadowed the annual legislative session and altered the narrative of a pivotal U.S. Senate race.

Greitens gets his first chance at vindication — or a prison sentence — when he goes to trial this week on a felony invasion of privacy indictment...