Robert Kraft’s lawyers file motion to suppress all evidence in solicitation case

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Patriots owner Robert Kraft doesn’t want to do a deal that would dismiss pending charges of solicitation of prostitution in Florida. So he’s apparently going to fight the allegations.

According to Ken Belson of the New York Times, Kraft’s lawyers have filed a motion to suppress all evidence in the case. Per the report, 14 others facing charges in the case have made the same request.

The evidence includes secretly-recorded video at the day spa in Florida where sexual acts allegedly occurred.

The fact that the motion to suppress attacks “all evidence” suggests that the threshold defense from Kraft and the 14 others will be that efforts to obtain evidence were unlawful. If, for example, the cameras recorded audio, Florida’s status as a so-called two-party state (i.e., all parties to a recorded conversation must be aware of the recording and consent to it), the recordings would violate the wiretapping laws.

If, obviously, the entirety of the evidence were suppressed, there would be no case to be prosecuted.

100 responses to “Robert Kraft’s lawyers file motion to suppress all evidence in solicitation case

  1. Nice to see what can be done with lots of money. To the “overpaid players” in the NFL, take notes on how it’s done by an overpaid owner.

  2. I heard that the recording don’t contain audio.

    If true there us no way to prove what took place wasn’t consensual.

    Also the police stop of the limo was illegal.

  3. when this fails, the prosecutor should make the evidence public like all of the other similar cases in florida. I bet kraft will settle an hour before it gets released….

  4. “Per the report, 14 others facing charges in the case have made the same request.”
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    “Judge, um, we’ll go with whatever Kraft’s lawyers said…”

    Boy, all those men charged in relation to this massage spa are the luckiest guys in the world. They know that if Kraft fights the charges with his million dollar lawyers, they can also use the same arguments in their case.

  5. He’s pathetic and completely unaccountable. If he didn’t do it than what evidence is he trying to suppress. He actually thinks that if he fights this and wins (which he will because he’s so rich) than he can deny it and people will believe him. Except even when he wins we will all know he did it. His wife, kids, grandkids and business associates all know he did it. But he’s gonna pull the old “fake news” routine. When did lying become socially exceptable? Oh yeah. Two years ago. I’d have a lot more respect for him if he just admitted it. Apologized to his family for the embarrassment he caused them and donate some money to whatever organization investigates sex trafficking

  6. This whole thing smells.

    Hard to believe some county or city prosecutor is behind it,
    gotta be someone with more juice.

  7. Wait….I thought he said he didn’t do anything wrong. So why the need to suppress the evidence? I’ll tell you why, he’s guilty of soliciting young women and doesn’t want it to be known he’s an absolute creep.

  8. Gotta love the two tiered justice system. I was going to go rob the corner store later today since I know that all I have to do is admit that I did rob it and the charges will be dropped. Wait that’s not how real life works?

  9. So much for the “there is no evidence” crowd. Getting evidence thrown out? That’s why the rich have the highest paid lawyers. They can buy a level of defense that the average person can not afford. The other 14 people should be glad Kraft was caught because he is their only chance of not getting convicted.

  10. When did the law quit applying equally to and for all? If you are rich, an entertainer, pro athlete, or politician just do whatever you want. When did wives just turn their heads? Freedom of speech means anyone can say anything even threats on lives or property. But that same freedom does not apply if you use a term that someone someplace somewhere says something that can be considered racist. Or offend any faith other than Christianity which is an open target. Police almost have to look the other way unless the perpetrator is white middle age male.

  11. Well, of course they want everything suppressed. It’s always easier to cover up wrongdoings, when there’s no evidence available. If anybody know how to cover something up, it’s good ol Bobby Kraft.

  12. The Patriot way, smash phones and suppress evidence
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    Well at least in this case there appears to be actual evidence, not the kind you hire a lawyer to manufacture like with Deflategate.

  13. Brady didn’t destroy his phone, Kraft is not going to jail or selling the team, and the haters will spend yet another year wondering why they were never admitted to law school.

  14. This was the line of thinking. Kraft is about to get off on a technicality.

    I say good for him and the others. Go after the source, which is not the Johns. My god, our country is so dumb sometimes.

  15. 24hoursinaday24beersinacase says:
    March 20, 2019 at 4:10 pm
    The Patriot way, smash phones and suppress evidence

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    The Patriot Way: Fight corruptin, illegal activity and defamation, while standing up for yourself (finally) and calling out frauds/hypocrites who are only out to try to smear you.

  16. Robert Kraft will be 78 years old in June. His reputation doesn’t really mean much now one way or another because everyone already has their minds made up how they feel about him.
    I think he should just stay in the background now and tell his lawyers to do whatever it takes to put this episode behind him.
    Then he should put his team up for sale and spend the rest of his life rebuilding his image by donating money and setting up foundations to help people such as abused women or children. Americans like to see successful people fall from grace for some reason, but they are also quick to forgive people, too. If Kraft puts this behind him by accepting blame for his part in it, in time he’ll be forgiven, in my opinion.
    But if Kraft chooses to fight these allegations, I think it will be a mistake.

  17. He has every right to defend himself. You have to believe in that cornerstone of our justice system. At the same time the prosecutor has every right to fight his suppression motion. Hopefully given the alleged breath of the investigation, the cops played this by the book and secured a lawful, probable cause based warrant that holds up in court. And when it does…I hope they throw a big screw u to Kraft and it suddenly ‘leaks’…

  18. Putting aside whether he can beat the rap – did he get a few “happy endings”? That should be what the NFL’s disciplinary folks are concerned with.

  19. I’m still struggling to understand the actual crime. He went to a massage parlor and got a full body massage. What’s the big deal?

  20. “documents show that the two women Kraft is accused of receiving services from likely were not trafficked: One is 39 and was charged with operating illegal activity at the spa; the other is 58. Both have valid driver’s licenses, and both are licensed as massage therapists by the state of Florida. So far, no one in the case has been charged with human trafficking.”

  21. Why not the same principles be applied when a poor person is charged with a crime and doesn’t have the funds to fight the full weight and resources of a district attorney’s office? Cannot the same be said when a rich man is able to match the full weight and resources of a district attorney’s office?

    Mr Kraft has enough resources to counter-punch a legal system that may or may not be using information illegally obtained, or defending a wrongful lawsuit.

  22. vikings1234 says:
    March 20, 2019 at 4:45 pm
    I’m still struggling to understand the actual crime. He went to a massage parlor and got a full body massage. What’s the big deal?

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    The fact he is the owner of the Pats. The bigger question is, who sent him there knowing the place was under investigation and how many people are involved with the real crime, the trafficking itself?

    Kraft saw two legal American citizens who work there. There is no trafficking of any kind tied to Kraft.

  23. If there is no audio then there is no evidence that meets the statute for Solicitation of Prosecution. It becomes academic what the video shows. Kraft can have sex where he wants as long as he does not solicit sex in exchange for money!

  24. Sorry Robert but this happened in Florida. In Florida fraudster is an accepted job title. The videos will be out soon… Along with anything else the insiders can sell.

  25. Cops let this go on for 6 months, so they crealy weren’t concerned for the safety of any being trafficked. If they did care, they wold have shut it down after the first offense.

  26. You have to love our legal system, the more money you have ,the greater the legal team you can assemble, the greater the pressure you can place on accusers. There is no way in heck that Kraft loses this case. The greater issue is , will the NFL do the right thing, the truly right thing! The answer is NO!

  27. Amazing to watch all the haters here decrying the fact that Kraft’s attorney (along with others) is doing his job to provide a zealous defense to the charge he has. As if your attorney would do any differently.

  28. aquineas1 says:
    March 20, 2019 at 3:52 pm
    Nice to see what can be done with lots of money. To the “overpaid players” in the NFL, take notes on how it’s done by an overpaid owner.

    First off, players money don’t touch owners so they wouldn’t be able to do the same thing as Kraft. Second, players in the NFL are mostly black, and courts always want to make examples of black men.

  29. WOW, just yesterday under a Kraft article the vast majority were claiming there was no tape or anything concrete on him. Rather a witch hunt. The claim of all the people in power and vast wealth use…

  30. If there is a video that exists at all then thats whats going to ultimately determine things. Goodell could care less what comes of the court case, he only cares about public perception. If there is video in existence then he knows its going to popup sooner or later so he is going to punish massively in preparation for that say when it comes, because it will come. There will be too much money being offered to the first person that lifts a copy of it to sell for someone not to do exactly that.

  31. cletuspstillwaterjr says:
    March 20, 2019 at 3:58 pm

    I am sure if the police captured audio they were smart enough to secure a wiretapping warrant. If the warrant was secured the two-party provision is no longer valid.

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    The police obviously didn’t have a warrant. Otherwise, the prosecutors wouldn’t have tried to settle and make a deal with Kraft the way they did. The fact that 14 others are sticking with Kraft’s defense speaks volumes. Not to mention, they lied about it being connected to human trafficking. Either way, it’s no more than a misdemeanor for Kraft, if there is audio evidence.

  32. citizenstrange says:
    March 20, 2019 at 4:02 pm
    Suppress all evidence ….. like when Brady destroyed his cell phone.

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    Except he never did. Give the transcripts a read sometime thats one of the interesting things you find out. If you wanted to find out.

  33. citizenstrange says:
    March 20, 2019 at 4:02 pm
    Suppress all evidence ….. like when Brady destroyed his cell phone.
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    There’s always ignoring the log from the destroyed phone or sealing the appeal so the court doesn’t find out the commissioner lied his backside off to justify punishing somebody for no reason,

  34. mediasloppy says:
    March 20, 2019 at 5:32 pm
    WOW, just yesterday under a Kraft article the vast majority were claiming there was no tape or anything concrete on him. Rather a witch hunt. The claim of all the people in power and vast wealth use…

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    Read the linked article one of the interesting things it mentions is there was not a video produced in discovery. Not sure what the evidence is that they did produce but if they did not have a video to produce in discovery that might have propted the lawyers to figure that what was left could be beaten if they attacked it.

  35. Supress evidence? So there IS evidence that this slimeball did this…..

    That’s all I needed to hear.

  36. Robert Kraft is about to bankrupt that county. He can handle a suspension, but can the local cops handle a protracted legal fight that results in their dismissals. Millionaires are different, they don’t like wasting money. This guy doesn’t have a tax bracket.

  37. My guess is he easily beats the case. All the defense needs to do is impeach probable cause and any evidence becomes fruit from the poisoned tree. They were investigating human trafficking and ended up busting a spa with no people being trafficked. Good luck prosecutors.

  38. Duh, the Govt put those recorders in place to catch these guys they are stupid enough to tape voice.

  39. A motion to suppress ALL EVIDENCE is tantamount to admitting that he did it. If he did not do anything wrong, there is no need to suppress any evidence. I think it is a bad move. It keeps the case in the spotlight. It won’t save his reputation. It will not spare him any disciplinary action by the league (of course he can also try to fight that legally too). If he had just taken the deal, the case will no longer be news, and many people will simply forget about it. May be 100 hours of community service is the deal breaker for someone who likes to go partying all the time.

  40. uwachampion says:
    March 20, 2019 at 6:11 pm
    If you have to pay for it….you’re a scumbag.

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    We all pay for it….directly or indirectly

  41. I do not see how he can be convicted in FL. He was charged with solicitation meaning he had to agree to specifically pay for certain acts. The video would only show that sexual acts happened, not that they were solicited. The audio of the recording would be needed to prove the solicitation aspect but cannot be used because the recording of audio without consent is illegal in FL. Video is useless without audio (absent “for sex” written on the memo line of a personal check) and the audio means the whole video cannot be used. It doesn’t take a high-priced lawyer to beat that one.

  42. bbk1000 says:
    March 20, 2019 at 6:08 pm
    Man…all he had to do was not be a dirt bag…

    He should not have been there in the first place..

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    What’s worse is the idiot went back the NEXT day!

  43. Not really news here. This is a standard filing expected of any competent criminal defense lawyer – at any price. The fact that it’s filed to suppress “all evidence” just allows it to remain publicly vague as to what, more specific, evidence may be out there.

  44. daringhart13 says:
    March 20, 2019 at 7:30 pm
    The Patriots are very, very good at making videos go away.

    And cell phones.

    And….

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    My team’s hopes

  45. If he’s innocent like he proclaimed, why suppress any evidence?
    Mr. Kraft if you’re innocent the evidence will exonerate you, but we all know the truth already. We really don’t have to see the video.

  46. Corn Bread says:
    March 20, 2019 at 10:22 pm
    If he’s innocent like he proclaimed, why suppress any evidence?
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    Same reason you always invoke your 5th Amendment right when questioned by the police – No good can come from simply allowing the state to do whatever they want, ESPECIALLY if you’re innocent.

  47. It is possible A deal could be struck where Kraft pleads no contest. The County saves a boatload of money, and Kraft gets to say “I am innocent, but I do not want to be a distraction. So for the sake of my team and the City of Boston, I pleaded no contest. They wanted me to plead guilty to a lesser offense, but I refused to plead guilty because I am innocent.”

  48. This is a country of laws (for now) and Kraft is entitled to apply them, as needed. If it was a bad law, then change the law. Probably a good law.

  49. If, for example, the cameras recorded audio, Florida’s status as a so-called two-party state (i.e., all parties to a recorded conversation must be aware of the recording and consent to it), the recordings would violate the wiretapping laws.
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    This law applies to one private party recording another. This has nothing to do with criminal investigations in which a wiretapping warrant is obtained. So no, both parties don’t need to consent.

  50. Sure, you’re a billionaire Mr. Kraft. Show some integrity and some humanity and simply say, “I’m guilty”, pay the small price and move on.

    Trying to fight it with high-priced lawyers only seeds the thoughts in the public that the rich can get away with anything while the poor pay the full price.

  51. I wonder how devoted the Patriot fans are going to be to Kraft and his team when the cost of the trial inflates their state taxes.

  52. What’s wrong with the rich being able to afford the best of everything? This is America.

  53. johnnycantread says:
    March 21, 2019 at 8:47 am
    I wonder how devoted the Patriot fans are going to be to Kraft and his team when the cost of the trial inflates their state taxes.
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    The trial is in Florida. And the Patriots would be looking at a lost cause worrying about being loved down there.

  54. johnnycantread says:
    March 21, 2019 at 8:47 am
    I wonder how devoted the Patriot fans are going to be to Kraft and his team when the cost of the trial inflates their state taxes.
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    You know the trial is in a state 1500 miles away from the Patriots home, right?

  55. For punishment they should hang a Banner at Foxboro with a picture of Kraft in the act and the Banner Reads “Team Owner Participation Trophy”

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