Boston Globe withdraws from legal fight to obtain Robert Kraft video

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While the effort by multiple media companies to obtain the “sneak and peek” surveillance video created when Patriots owner Robert Kraft allegedly engaged in sexual activity at a Florida day spa continues, one prominent publication has abandoned the fight.

Via Deadspin.com, the Boston Globe has withdrawn from the effort to force the authorities to make the video public.

“When the Globe joined the motion, authorities were explicit in describing the case as part of a human trafficking investigation,” the newspaper said in a statement. “Though the Globe had no intentions to air videos of a sexual nature, we believed it important to push for public access to evidence that, under Florida law, should be placed in the public realm.

“Authorities have now said the charges against Robert Kraft are not part of a human trafficking case. While we still have an interest in video from outside the spa, we’ve decided to focus our energy on the famously weak public records laws of Massachusetts. In fact, earlier this week, we argued before the Supreme Judicial Court for the release of thousands of records stemming from secretive court hearings that are shamefully shielded from public view.”

The efforts by the Globe to force the release of the Kraft video created obvious friction between the company and the team. The fact that Globe owner John W. Henry also owned the Boston Red Sox made the effort to secure the video even more awkward.

More importantly, the Globe acknowledges that which prosecutors have now been forced to repeatedly admit. The case was never about human trafficking, even though law-enforcement officials in Florida initially characterized it that way, calling the evidence of trafficking “manifestly obvious” — and creating the false impression that there were victims of human trafficking at the facility.

There are not. There never were.

21 responses to “Boston Globe withdraws from legal fight to obtain Robert Kraft video

  1. This case just keeps getting more and more grimy. The nefarious and criminal behavior of the Florida officials is plenty bad enough, but then we have the Boston Globe weighing in with the faux air of moral high ground and protector of the people.

    I need a shower. And a memory dump.

  2. The entire thing should be thrown out. The cops & prosecutors have acted in bad faith in at least three ways.
    * They faked a bomb treat to get everyone out of the building so they could install surveillance cameras.
    * They wrongly used “Human Trafficking” to justify it.
    * They used false pretenses to pull over Robert Krafts car so they could identify him.
    Too much! I’m all for supporting cops, but these guys have stepped well over the lines here. When they act like this they need to reprimanded and held accountable.

  3. backindasaddle says:
    May 10, 2019 at 11:02 am
    The entire thing should be thrown out. The cops & prosecutors have acted in bad faith in at least three ways.
    * They faked a bomb treat to get everyone out of the building so they could install surveillance cameras.
    * They wrongly used “Human Trafficking” to justify it.
    * They used false pretenses to pull over Robert Krafts car so they could identify him.
    Too much! I’m all for supporting cops, but these guys have stepped well over the lines here. When they act like this they need to reprimanded and held accountable.

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    You know what’s obvious, sad and comical all at once?

    The hate of the Pats runs so deep, it goes beyond the NFL hierarchy at this point, and well beyond 345 Park Ave and their framing and cheating of BB and Brady.

    Goodell was so willing to be caught lying in a federal court, just to keep the Pats punishments in place, and now the local PD in Jupiter, FL are so jealous of Bob Kraft, they call in a bomb scare to embarrass him publicly because he’s a single old man who goes to a massage parlor.

    I mean, what a country. My goodness what a waste of time and money.

    But, the Patsnoia is at an all time high and I’ve never seen anything like this in history before.

    I’ve never seen such jealousy be used in such a way just to try to disparage someone’s successes. It’s unreal.

    If this was a speeding ticket, or some other misdemeanor, who on earth would care?

  4. I guess they asked themselves who the hell is interested in seeing any of it and the answer was obvious. Their hate for Kraft was overtaking their heads.

  5. The entire thing should be thrown out. The cops & prosecutors have acted in bad faith in at least three ways.
    * They faked a bomb treat to get everyone out of the building so they could install surveillance cameras.
    * They wrongly used “Human Trafficking” to justify it.
    * They used false pretenses to pull over Robert Krafts car so they could identify him.
    Too much! I’m all for supporting cops, but these guys have stepped well over the lines here.

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    If the average citizen faked a bomb thread they’d be charged with terrorism and thrown in prison the rest of their life pretty much.

    If the average citizen installed cameras somewhere like this (heck if the massage place installed cameras unknown to customers) they’d be arrested and probably prison for a long time.

    So why aren’t the cops who did these things in jail yet?

  6. I find it so telling that all this focus on Robert Kraft is getting so much publicity, yet there was the former great Hall Of Fame running back Jim Brown at the podium during the draft to announce a pick by his Browns.
    Take a look at Brown’s history with women. He was arrested at least 6 times for sexual assault — including rape — against women, and for beating them. He admitted in a biography he wrote later that he had hit women in the past.
    He also had incidents involving men, including admitting to hitting and choking his golf caddie over placement of his golf ball.
    Jim Brown was the greatest running back I have ever seen. But there is no denying he was also a violent man off the field who somehow always got away with the incidents he was accused of. He did serve one day in jail for beating his golf caddie, and he also served 4 months of a 6 month sentence for chasing his wife into a garage, threatening to kill her and grabbing a shovel and smashing the windshield and other parts of her car. The judge sentenced him to jail for refusing anger management counseling.
    This article says the charges against Kraft are not part of a human trafficking case. So to me, it says that Kraft was paying for sexual services from consenting women. Therefore, it is not as heinous a crime as its being made out to be. Remember — Eugene Robinson, safety for the Green Bay Packers, was arrested right before his team was playing in the Super Bowl for solicitation. My bet is that happens all the time with pro athletes.

  7. If the average citizen faked a bomb thread they’d be charged with terrorism and thrown in prison the rest of their life pretty much.

    If the average citizen installed cameras somewhere like this (heck if the massage place installed cameras unknown to customers) they’d be arrested and probably prison for a long time.

    So why aren’t the cops who did these things in jail yet?

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    Yeah no. You definitely wouldn’t get thrown in jail for the rest of your life for making a bomb threat and you also wouldn’t get thrown in prison for years for installing a camera somewhere. Probation maybe

  8. And who are you he sick people in all of this? Looks like the torch and pitchfork public. The court of public opinion doesn’t count, move along with your waiting-for-the-next-outrage opportunity and let the judicial system do it’s thing.

  9. “The efforts by the Globe to force the release of the Kraft video created obvious friction between the company and the team.”

    There has long been friction between the Sox owner who owns the Globe and the Pats. John Henry hasn’t been able to stand the Pats ever since they took over from the Sox as the most popular team in Boston and constantly upstage the Sox.

  10. The police department needs to be reprimanded for their abuse of the legal system to get the video recording equipment installed.

    A judge should ask them a simple question, “do you have any evidence of human trafficing?” If no, throw the entire case out.

  11. Indeed – Final payment must have cleared the bank. Next stop, party in the Hamptons!! But let’s not lose site of the fact that a crime was indeed committed by Mr. Kraft.

  12. Not being an attorney, particularly in the state of Florida, this is just opinion based, but under Florida law, I would be surprised if any of the video involving the average Joe just going in to this establishment for a legal message as opposed to any illegal sexual activity, would be open for public viewing. I know for sure that if there is any type of illegal activity from murder all the way down to a petty larceny it WILL be made available for public view in the state of Florida, I lived there for 25 years. I think any civil action in this ‘case’ depends on how that issue is defined. If video of a legal message is made available to the public, it will become a bombshell for Florida law, probably most other states as well.

  13. “Indeed – Final payment must have cleared the bank. Next stop, party in the Hamptons!! But let’s not lose site of the fact that a crime was indeed committed by Mr. Kraft.”

    Yeah John Henry and the Krafts do not like each other, if you think Kraft paid for this you’re in fantasyland.

    And yeah, Kraft committed 2 misdemeanors. Other misdemeanors are things like traffic tickets including speeding. Have you ever driven a single mile an hour over the speed limit at any time in your life? If you did, you too “committed a crime”

    SMH

  14. harrisonhits2 says:
    May 10, 2019 at 4:38 pm
    And yeah, Kraft committed 2 misdemeanors. Other misdemeanors are things like traffic tickets including speeding. Have you ever driven a single mile an hour over the speed limit at any time in your life? If you did, you too “committed a crime”
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    Umm, in Massachusetts and some other states, speeding is not even a crime it is a civil violation. In California and some other states, it’s only an infraction and not even a misdemeanor.

  15. I wonder if the Globe would even be reporting on the story at all if it were RedSox owner? I have zero faith in the honesty and integrity of the MSM

  16. tylawspick6, why are you so angry, bitter, and defensive day in and day out? Go try to find some joy in life somewhere.

  17. What’s comical about this is the weeks of of all the ignorant, know-it-all, know nothing, moralizing commentary from everyone chiming in with their supposed knowledge of human trafficking and the laws regarding it. What a manure shower that was.

  18. Yeah John Henry and the Krafts do not like each other, if you think Kraft paid for this you’re in fantasyland.
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    Uhhh – he paid Berman, so why not? A second offense in Florida is considered a first-degree misdemeanor, which could include up to one year in jail – he was their twice….that we’re aware of. Do you think this was his first rodeo? The HT angle is still there as well…tied to the location. Criminal and criminal organization top to bottom. Zero class or integrity.

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