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BOMBSHELL: Greitens accuser lawyer says wife helped husband make "secret" confession tapes

"With her knowledge and consent"
 
COLUMBIA, Mo 3/10/18 (Beat Byte) -- The St. Louis lawyer for a man whose wife had an extra-marital affair with Missouri Governor Eric Greitens dropped an unexpected bombshell at a press conference he held yesterday in Jefferson City

Husband and wife worked together on her "secret" tape-recorded confession to the affair. 
 
The audio recording -- and others both before and after it -- were "done with her knowledge. Done with her consent, yes," attorney Al Watkins told reporters.  "She listened to the recording with my client. They listened to it together."
 
Watkins' comments contradict attorneys for Katrina "Kitty" Sneed, who divorced Philip Sneed a year after her 2015 affair with Mr. Greitens, which allegedly involved a blackmail threat over a photo he took without her knowledge or consent.  Mr. Watkins has represented Philip Sneed since September 2016.  He released the recorded confession to media outlets in January. 

"It is very disappointing that her ex-husband betrayed her confidence by secretly, and without her knowledge recording a private and deeply personal conversation," Katrina Sneed's attorney, Scott Simpson, said in a January 12 statement.

The issue of dual non-consensual recordings -- one audio, the other photo -- has dominated the story as a central irony in it, one Watkins himself referenced responding to Mr. Simpson.

"While acknowledging the irony of the statement issued on behalf of our client’s former wife, our client has no intention of getting into a war of words with the mother of his children about betrayal," Mr. Watkins explained
 
But with yesterday's revelation that Mrs. Sneed's confession tape was consensual, the irony appears never to have existed.
 
All parties involved in the case have repeatedly declined media interview requests.
 
Double standard?
 
Mr. Watkins made the stunning revelation after reporters at the presser expressed consternation over why one non-consensual recording was okay, but the other merited felony charges.  St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kimberly Gardner last month indicted Mr. Greitens for felony privacy invasion over the alleged photo. 
 
"The Governor is accused of taking a picture without the woman’s consent.  Your client is accused of making a sound recording without her consent.  What’s the difference?" a reporter asked. 

"One difference is, my client’s wife wasn’t tied up, duct-taped to a machine, violated, disrobed, placed with a cover over her eyes, and then had a photograph taken, as the allegations go," Watkins responded, with the kind of salacious detail that characterized the thirty minute presentation
 
When pressed on why it was okay for one person to make a non-consensual recording, but not another, Mr. Watkins made the big reveal.  The media had been misinformed, he explained.  His client's wife not only consented to the audio recording, but encouraged it. 
 
"This was a protocol followed both before the meeting that gave rise to the confession, and after...as part of their attempts to work on their communication skills," Mr. Watkins said.  "And in fact, she utilized those recordings, with my client, for the purpose of making sure that they together could listen to them.  And say, 'Look: this is how you feel, but this is what was said.'"
 
Apparently realizing the emergent contradictions, Mr. Watkins tried to walk back the revelation, only to reiterate it. 
 
"For my client to use a recording which was part, parcel, and practice in their marriage, whether his wife knew about the recording at the time, she knew about it that day," he said.  "The recordings were made without her knowledge at the time they were made.  But she knew shortly thereafter, as in the same day."  
 
"Touchy-feely"

The multiple audio recordings -- by Watkins' count, at least three -- had a history in the Sneeds' marriage as a way for the husband to vent -- and verify. 

"These recordings...were a tool utilitized by my client and his wife, in a counseling and therapeutic sense, and something they did together, because my client is an emotional man," Mr. Watkins explained. 
 
"For lack of a better description, he’s touchy-feely.  One of the tools they used, to permit the emotions to play their course, was to hear what was said instead of feeling what was said."   

Watkins surprised again when another reporter asked if the couple played the tapes to a marriage counselor or "shrink." 
 
"For therapy, yeah.  Look – if you haven’t been to a therapist, count on the fact that at some point in your life, you should," Mr. Watkins said. "There are some things from a therapeutic standpoint that, at first blush, sound a little crazy.  But until you become a genuinely flawed human being like myself, you don’t understand and appreciate that sometimes the goofy stuff helps."


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