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

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

A Florida judge chose to suppress police surveillance footage of New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft from a prostitution case, ruling that the evidence was illegally obtained. Prosecutors charged him with two misdemeanor counts of solicitation, with the charges stemming from a widespread prostitution and human-trafficking sting that targeted multiple Florida massage parlors. Whether or not that motion is granted depends on where the prosecutors choose to go from here.

In a 10-page ruling in Palm Beach County, Judge Leonard Hanser sided with Kraft's lawyers, who had argued the warrant Jupiter, Fla., police obtained to secretly install cameras inside the Orchids of Asia Day Spa was flawed.

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Judge Hanser agreed in his ruling, writing, "The Court finds that the search warrant does not contain required minimization guidelines, and the minimization techniques employed in this case did not satisfy constitutional requirements. all evidence against the Defendant obtained through and connection with the search warrant is suppressed". With those videos out of the mix, Kraft's attorney could file a motion to dismiss the charges based on lack of evidence, according to ESPN's T.J. Quinn.

Kraft was caught allegedly paying cash for sex acts he received on January 19 and 20. The 77-year-old billionaire publicly apologized for his actions in March, but denied engaging in any illegal activity upon being charged in late February and later pleaded not guilty to the charges.

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