Monday, 27 May, 2019

Robert Kraft Spa Video Suppressed, Can't Be Used As Evidence, Judge Rules

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Shannon Reynolds | 15 May, 2019, 08:25

- Prosecutors can not use secretly recorded video allegedly showing New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft engaging in massage parlor sex, a judge ruled Monday, striking a serious blow to their case charging him with soliciting prostitutes.

The video could have been key evidence against Kraft, who faces two misdemeanor counts of soliciting prostitution on January 19 and 20 at Orchids of Asia Spa in Jupiter, Florida, along with some two dozen other men. There were multiple men who were allegedly caught on camera, with Kraft pleading not guilty to two misdemeanor charges of first-degree solicitation.

Prosecutors argued that the warrant was aimed at stopping a felony-level prostitution operation and legally obtained.

"The Court finds that the search warrant does not contain required minimization guidelines, and that minimization techniques employed in this case did not satisfy constitutional requirements", Hanser said in his order to suppress the video.

Investigators have said they have video evidence of the New England Patriots owner receiving sexual acts for money.

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Hanser wrote that detectives did not do enough to minimize the invasion of privacy of customers who did not commit crimes. Hanser suppressed all information obtained through the stop as "fruit of an unlawful search". Attorneys for the billionaire, per USA Today, are expected to use Monday's ruling to argue that the video should continue to be kept under wraps.

CNN has reached to prosecutors and Jupiter police for comment.

Schefter's colleague TJ Quinn adds that Kraft's lawyers will now likely file a motion to have the case dismissed, as prosecutors had cited the surveillance footage as their main evidence all along.

Hours later, he was in Kansas City for the AFC Championship game, where his Patriots defeated the Chiefs.

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