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Greitens attorney pushes back in family court case, asks for mediation

Former Gov. Eric Greitens
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Former Gov. Eric Greitens

(Editor's note: The original version of this story misidentified what the subpoena from Eric Greitens' attorney requested.)

COLUMBIA, Mo. (KMIZ) -

An attorney for former Missouri governor Eric Greitens asked a judge to order Greitens and his ex-wife to go through mediation to settle their differences.

Attorney Gary Stamper wrote in a court motion filed last Thursday that Eric Greitens and Sheena Chestnut Greitens should go through mediation as prescribed in their 2020 parenting plan. Stamper argued the mediation is better alternative to moving the entire court proceeding to Texas, which Sheena Greitens requested.

Stamper called Sheena Greitens' claims of child and spousal abuse "salacious" and "a disgraceful thing" to do to their two children.

Sheena Greitens made her request to move the case to Texas alongside an affidavit claiming the former governor and current Republican U.S. Senate candidate hit her and their child at different times from 2018 to 2020. The affidavit came with immediate public backlash, with other candidates calling for Greitens to drop out of the Senate primary. Eric Greitens denied the allegations, and claimed political operatives had orchestrated his ex-wife's allegations.

As part of the request, Stamper also asked for a subpoena for phone records of several people. The request asks for call and text records from Feb. 1 to March 30 from several different phone numbers with Washington D.C., St. Louis or Washington state area codes.

ABC 17 News confirmed one of those numbers includes Karl Rove, a Washington D.C.-based consultant that worked for former president George W. Bush. Rove declined to comment on his possible connection to the situation on Monday.

Stamper pointed to a provision in the couple's parenting plan that calls for the two to refrain from speaking negatively about each other in front of their two children. The couple is supposed to meet with a Columbia counselor should any "dispute" arise in their separation and custody plan.

Stamper said he would not "engage in character [assassination] by affidavit," and questioned why Sheena Greitens would choose to share legal custody of their children with a man she accused of abuse.

"None of these claims were reported to medical professionals, the mediator, the Court, any law enforcement official, teacher, or school official (all mandatory reporters) over the course of several years," Stamper wrote.

Judge Leslie Schneider is set to hear argument on May 10 in Boone County.

Lucas Geisler

Lucas Geisler anchors the 5 p.m. show for ABC 17 News and reports on the latest news around mid-Missouri at 9 and 10 p.m.

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