Judge again blocks release of Robert Kraft video

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The question of whether the surveillance video containing images of Patriots owner Robert Kraft engaged in sexual activities has been the subject of more litigation than the groundbreaking (thank you, thesaurus) case that resulted in Potter Stewart’s brilliantly simple standard for spotting obscenity.

As to the video currently in question, the “know it when you see it” test remains moot, because for now no one will be seeing it.

Via ESPN.com, on Monday a Florida judge again blocked the public release of the secretly-generated videos showing Kraft and 24 others charged with solicitation of prostitution at the Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter, Florida.

Monday’s hearing apparently arose from an April 18 request by spa manager Lei Wang, who is separately charged with prostitution, to hold the Palm Beach County state attorney’s office and the Jupiter police in contempt of court due to reports that the Kraft video was being offered for sale. Officials claimed that they are confident the Kraft video hasn’t leaked; the presiding judge again blocked public release of the video.

The judge presiding over the charges pending against Kraft has ruled that the video shall remain secret until a jury is sworn in at the trial of his case, the charges against him are dismissed, or a plea agreement is entered. As explained in the ESPN article, the plea deal offered to Kraft in March would result in the video being permanently being sealed; however, he would have to admit as part of the dismissal of the charges that a trial would have resulted in a conviction.

Kraft presumably is holding firm due to concerns that any acknowledgement of guilt will result in a guaranteed suspension. As previously explained here, however, even exoneration may force the Commissioner to take action, given than multiple players have been suspended without ever being found guilty of the underlying charges.

44 responses to “Judge again blocks release of Robert Kraft video

  1. Good. Keep blocking it. No one needs to see that except the authorities involved. If it’s released, that action is far sleazier than the one that was filmed. (And I am NOT a Patriots or Robert Kraft fan.)

  2. Good!

    Privacy rights for EVERYONE are too important to be politicized; especially, in a case where the Prosecutor was shown to have been grandstanding and misleading by bringing in “human trafficking” when such was NOT happening.

  3. Does anyone even remember that speech with all the legal dignitaries standing together discussing the busting of the human trafficking cartel stretching from New York to China?

    Well, its been reduced to prostitution charges against 2 middle aged American women. How much manpower and money was put into this investigation? Hell, they could have just tailed Warren Sapp for a week.

  4. Guess the law is just figuring out what goes on in these “Spa”s, you see these places all over the place in every state, glad they are finally figuring it out.

  5. So how is the public endangered by not being able to see old guy porn? There’s no reason to release this, especially when the celebrity college admissions nonsense has all their stuff sealed.

  6. Kraft will be suspended either way and it’s about time he pass the team on to Jonathan, who runs it anyway.

    The police and DA are kind of dirty here and the evidence is not clean and should be thrown out and tapes destroyed. Police aren’t above the law.

  7. As explained in the ESPN article, the plea deal offered to Kraft in March would result in the video being permanently being sealed; however, he would have to admit as part of the dismissal of the charges that a trial would have resulted in a conviction.

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    Another delusional public figure that doesn’t think they should be held responsible for anything. This deal is a no-brainer. The DA has him dead to rights, take the deal and move on.

    This is almost as moronic as Lori Laughlin thinking she’s going to get off in the admissions fraud case. Moron is fighting to “protect her reputation” and is going to spend a couple decades in prison for it.

  8. What a waste of tax Dollars.How long will prosecutors will be fighting for the tape to be released and how much longer they will tie up the courts to basically just humiliate a Man.Ridiculous my oppion .Just give him a huge fine and community service and just move on since no human trafficking was involved.

  9. I’m just waiting for the Netflix version to come out with William Shatner starring as Robert Kraft and Paul Giamatti as Jonathan. Joe Pesci will play the Judge.

  10. Why was he name released and why do we need to see a video?

    It’s pretty clear the county set up a sting to get notoriety and broke laws while doing it, too. Calling in a fake bomb scare has to be a violation of federal law.

  11. Glad to see PFT rowing back a little on yesterday’s article that the video will eventually be released. For the ruling only stated it couldn’t be released before Kraft has a chance to a fair trial, or charges dropped etc. IT DID NOT say the video MUST be released afterwards. As I reminded the salty mountain of hate here yesterday – if it’s (rightly) deemed inadmissable as per Florida Law and because the judge specifically did not give special permission for the video, then if not found guilty Kraft could sue the cops so hard they’ll have to destroy it.

  12. “let’s see if they charge the rich good ol boy…i doubt it”

    Um, he’s already be charged that’s why this whole thing blew up SMH

  13. Kraft presumably is holding firm due to concerns that any acknowledgement of guilt will result in a guaranteed suspension. As previously explained here, however, even exoneration may force the Commissioner to take action, given than multiple players have been suspended without ever being found guilty of the underlying charges.

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    I think that depends on the circumstances of his exhortation. If it turns out the charges are dropped because he was illegally recorded then he was in a private situation that the police illegally recorded and I can’t see the NFL punishing him.

  14. Im still of the mind,that if I had 6 billion greenbacks at my disposal I would peel off a few and pay my fine,take my medicine from the League,and move on.Then hire a spin team,and disappear till opening weekend.

  15. Pola pe’a says:
    April 30, 2019 at 5:48 am
    As explained in the ESPN article, the plea deal offered to Kraft in March would result in the video being permanently being sealed; however, he would have to admit as part of the dismissal of the charges that a trial would have resulted in a conviction.

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    Another delusional public figure that doesn’t think they should be held responsible for anything. This deal is a no-brainer. The DA has him dead to rights, take the deal and move on.

    This is almost as moronic as Lori Laughlin thinking she’s going to get off in the admissions fraud case. Moron is fighting to “protect her reputation” and is going to spend a couple decades in prison for it.

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    Not comparable at all.

    One is a felony with jail time and fraud, the other is a single man having relations with another consenting adult with creepy police officers call in a fake bomb scare to want to watch it on video.

  16. streetyson says:
    April 30, 2019 at 9:25 am
    Glad to see PFT rowing back a little on yesterday’s article that the video will eventually be released. For the ruling only stated it couldn’t be released before Kraft has a chance to a fair trial, or charges dropped etc. IT DID NOT say the video MUST be released afterwards. As I reminded the salty mountain of hate here yesterday – if it’s (rightly) deemed inadmissable as per Florida Law and because the judge specifically did not give special permission for the video, then if not found guilty Kraft could sue the cops so hard they’ll have to destroy it.

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    Kraft could bankrupt the entire county if they continue on with the defamation.

    Absolutely. The whole thing was done illegally. The police lied as there is no trafficking (no one held against their will), and they called in a fake bomb care, committing fraud in the strip mall.

  17. If Kraft was a rich old white guy he would have used his white privilege to not get arrested in the first place. If he did get arrested, his white privilege would have shielded him from the public eye.

    I don’t know how high the price tag is on white privilege and I was gonna get me some but it doesn’t seem to work as advertised.

  18. TimTebowGodOfFootballKarma says:
    April 30, 2019 at 1:34 pm
    Suspend the whole corrupt team. All they do is cheat.
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    Spoken like a true crybaby. You probably have a wall covered in participation ribbons.

  19. Does anybody think Krafty is innocent? It wasn’t him and it’s a stitch up ?. No! We all know he was complicit we have the the video, the police nabbed him so just admit it like a responsible adult and get this waiting game over. He really is making things worse. He really would be better to hand the reigns over and stay away from the limelight for a while.

  20. superpatriotsfan says:
    April 30, 2019 at 9:41 am

    If he claims he’s innocent then why doesn’t he want the video released?
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    If you claim not to be an idiot why do you contradict that with each inane post you make?

  21. “He really would be better to hand the reigns over and stay away from the limelight for a while.”

    His sone Jonathan and Bill have run the team for the last 3 or 4 years at least. Robert has already been nothing more than a figurehead.

  22. So where’s judge Berman when you need him for the fix?……maybe check the Hamptons? I heard he got lost out there after his last decision was overturned by reality.

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