Prosecutors in Kraft case admit there’s no evidence of human trafficking

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The Friday bombshell from late February regarding solicitation of prostitution charges against Patriots owner Robert Kraft included an ominous twist: The incidents allegedly occurred in connection with a human trafficking operation.

In the time since then, it has become clear that there was and is no actual evidence of human trafficking.

During a Friday hearing regarding an effort by multiple media outlets to compel the release of videos secretly generated by the investigation, prosecutors admitted that they have no evidence of human trafficking, according to Michele Steele of ESPN.com.

Despite the lack off evidence, the prosecutors claim they initially had a basis for investigating human trafficking, which resulted in the placement of cameras that captured images of sexual activity — images of which multiple media outlets are trying to secure public release. In opposing the effort, Kraft’s lawyer argued strongly against publication of the video.

“It’s basically pornography,” lawyer William Burck said, via Steele. “I don’t think there’s interest the state has, or the media has, in publishing it. . . . There’s no need to actually see the video.”

Really, no one (other than the media outlets who are pursuing its release) is clamoring to see the video. If anything, members of the public are making it clear they don’t want to see it.

But the effort to make the video public will continue, and maybe at some point it will be available for millions to not watch.

30 responses to “Prosecutors in Kraft case admit there’s no evidence of human trafficking

  1. “I don’t think there’s interest the state has, or the media has, in publishing it. . . . There’s no need to actually see the video.”

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    I’m not so sure about “the media” part lol

  2. Kraft’s lawyers keep filing briefs and the Florida prosecutor will eventually drop all charges.

  3. Really, no one (other than the media outlets who are pursuing its release) is clamoring to see the video. If anything, members of the public are making it clear they don’t want to see it.
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    I don’t think anyone wants to see it, but I think everyone wants to know what it shows…not specifics, just is Kraft guilty and lying about his innocence or not.

  4. So basically what they’re saying is that because we plastered the “human trafficking” label on this so we could get national recognition, we basically ruined the reputation of a man who had led a pretty much exemplary life over a misdemeanor. But on the plus side, we DID get that national publicity for weeks. 🙄

  5. I wouldn’t be shocked to see this entire “STING” operation get dropped soon……& I wouldn’t be surprised to see a lawsuit against the sheriffs department for its illegal actions…

  6. Despite the video evidence we always knew he was wealthy enough to avoid prosecution. That’s the motto of the country … “with liberty and justice for the rich”.

  7. Dude broke the law. It is that simple. PERIOD. If it was a player they would have to pay a fine or sit out a few games. Kraft has to be treated the same way. The guy could easily pay a fine and end this whole story on the NFL side while his lawyers take care of his court case. Acting like Kraft is some kind of victim is pathetic and I like the guy. He has done some very classy things in the last few years.

  8. kissbillsrings says:
    April 12, 2019 at 4:02 pm
    I wouldn’t be shocked to see this entire “STING” operation get dropped soon……& I wouldn’t be surprised to see a lawsuit against the sheriffs department for its illegal actions…

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    He’d win a defamation case, because it’s clear that’s why they leaked his name and why someone sent him in there knowing the cameras would be rolling just that weekend.

  9. But there was human trafficking in a different Massage parlor that lead them to suspect this one which is how they got a judge to give them permission to put surveillance on it.

    It doesn’t matter that they didn’t find human trafficking (well actually it is a good thing) just like it doesn’t matter that Mueller didn’t find collusion. The things they did find are certainly chargeable.

  10. The sheriff holding the press conferences and writing the op-ed articles doesn’t even have jurisdiction over the case. He’s a career politician and his department happens to be under investigation for planting drugs on innocent citizens (who ended up serving jail time).

    This stuff isn’t hard to see through.

  11. IF the judge rules that the evidence is inadmissible, how can it THEN be leaked to the press. If its not admissible in a court of law, how can it then fall under the “public’s right to know”. It makes no sense. If that were the case a fair trial in this country would be impossible.

  12. There was never any evidence needed. Patriot haters had him in the noose two seconds after they heard the report.

    And now we find out that the human trafficking was about as accurate as significantly under inflated.

  13. Since Kraft believes he’s innocent and did no wrong release the tape and let the public decide. If you choose to live in the public eye you can’t pick and choose. It’s TMZ time!

  14. If there is one thing I can say is these “massage parlors” are in every major city in the US and are full of asian women who are willingly selling sexual services and are free to come and go as they please. Prostitution is legal in most of the world and should be in the US, except we have a government that over reaches far too often. Human trafficking is definitely a serious crime and should be punished harshly but the government throws that term around for almost every prostitution case. Its pure BS.

  15. It won’t save Kraft. Mueller found no Russian Collusion but there’s still people in prison over the investigation.

  16. Michael E says:
    April 12, 2019 at 6:50 pm

    It won’t save Kraft. Mueller found no Russian Collusion but there’s still people in prison over the investigation.
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    Sad to encounter people who still haven’t realized they were duped. ZERO AMERICANS were charged with anything related to the 2016 Election and Russia. Zero, the same number of people involved in human trafficking in the Kraft case.

  17. But just like in the post-9-11 days by labeling someone a “terrorist” it changed all the rules, just as “human trafficking” does today!

    And the word trafficking, why add a “k” to traffic when it has an “ing” in the end, HMMMMMMM?

  18. patfanken says:
    April 12, 2019 at 5:47 pm
    IF the judge rules that the evidence is inadmissible, how can it THEN be leaked to the press. If its not admissible in a court of law, how can it then fall under the “public’s right to know”. It makes no sense. If that were the case a fair trial in this country would be impossible.
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    You answered your 2nd question with one word in the first question “LEAKED”!

    BTW A “?” works real good when asking a question instead of a “.”

  19. There was never any evidence needed. Patriot haters had him in the noose two seconds after they heard the report.

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    Nonsense – most of the the world thinks this is a stupid waste of time. the only real interest is seeing if he gets the Ezekiel Elliot treatment. My theory on East Coast bias says he does not.

  20. So the probable cause to get the surveillance video in the massage parlor did not exist. The public will never see this video! All those who think the ‘Freedom Of Information Act’ is absolute allowing media outlets everything are wrong. Unless there is corroborating testimony or audio that Kraft solicited for sex the charges should be dropped.

  21. How can a camera be secretly setup in a private healthcare room. Not saying there was or wasn’t any sexual activity going on. That’s besides the point.
    With privacy regulations and healthcare mandates how can a person be filmed in a room to get a legitimate massage. I have lower back issues and have written letters from my health care provider that massage is a form of therapy with positive benefits. If I went to this same place, undressed for my medical session, that I could be filmed nude or partial nude by myself before the therapist enters the room with a towel covering myself, and that video could be released and seen by anyone? This is definitely grounds to sue the city and state for violations of privacy.

    The odds are that at least one person out of 100 is going in for legitimate health problems and they are filmed secretly.

    Hate to be a tax payer in that city when a settlement is paid out

  22. He’s guilty of a crime. Any and all evidence should be made public. He made a choice, and now must live with it. There is nothing to debate here.

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