Judge blocks surveillance video from trial of women in Robert Kraft’s case

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Another day, another Florida judge finds that the “sneak and peek” surveillance video generated by law-enforcement authorities at massage parlors in Martin and Palm Beach County cannot be used at the trial of a case arising from the effort to prove prostitution and solicitation thereof.

Via multiple reports, Judge Joseph Marx issued an order on Monday suppressing the surveillance video in the criminal prostitution case against the owner and manager of the Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter.

Meanwhile, Andrew Beaton of the Wall Street Journal reports that prosecutors in the solicitation case against Patriots owner Robert Kraft have filed a motion to stay the proceedings while an appeal of last week’s suppression ruling in Kraft’s favor is pursued. Prosecutors concede that, absent the evidence that cannot be introduced at trial, there is no case against Kraft.

If the prosecutors ultimately drop the case for lack of evidence, the question then becomes whether the NFL would have sufficient evidence to impose discipline against Kraft. As explained last week, punishment may not be possible under the letter of the Personal Conduct Policy. Whether the NFL attempts to take action for P.R. purposes becomes a separate question.

23 responses to “Judge blocks surveillance video from trial of women in Robert Kraft’s case

  1. Of course they blocked it……..remember folks 2 sets of rules…..one for the rich the other for us…..

  2. “As explained last week, punishment may not be possible under the letter of the Personal Conduct Policy.”
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    Fully agreed… but since when did sticking to the rules/policies matter more than “good PR” to the league office?

  3. I would hope that all of these motions to suppress evidence would be filed by ANY competent lawyer, and not be solely reserved for lawyers of rich people.

  4. Kraft has enough spendable cash that his legal teams could shake the very foundation of the nfl should the goodfella be so foolish as to impose any “punishment” on an exonerated individual.
    Additionally, these findings will change forever the procedures followed by Jupiter and Palm Beach County law enforcement and prosecutors. Hopefully, voters will recall these comedies of errors during the next elections.

  5. What punishment of consequence can the league hand out that possibly compares to explaining this to his children and grandkids? Ooooh he can’t be in his owners box for a few games, that’ll learn him. lol

  6. Huge Pats fan…Nothing good to say about Kraft..Breaks my heart with what happened. It’s tough to try and make up character to a fan base. Really not surprised he’s getting off again..No pun intended… Well maybe.

  7. I’ll most likely get a ton of thumbs down, but I can’t help to notice video’s of people who have been killed or charged with crimes have all kinds of videos or confidential sealed files released to the public. The system is corrupt and deep down you know it…

  8. There is nothing worse than the idiots that refer to this as his skin color or financial status for getting him off. Anyone who doesn’t have their head buried up their own anti Patriots rectum can see that the cops screwed the pooch on this. They filed for video surveillance and recording. They were granted video surveillance. That’s it. The warrant specified very clearly in plain English. They recorded the video in clear violation of the warrant. Is Kraft guilty? Yeah I have no doubt. But it amazes me that You all support Kaep standing up against police misconduct, but at the same time support the cops against Kraft, because he isn’t the right skin tone for you, or he owns the team you hate. And this is why our country is screwed. Grow up a little and stop being such hypocrites

  9. cowboysdude says:
    May 20, 2019 at 8:04 pm

    Of course they blocked it……..remember folks 2 sets of rules…..one for the rich the other for us…..
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    “Remember folks,” some people are so envious of others that they would love to see THEIR PRIVACY RIGHTS reduced if it meant seeing the rights of a person they are envious toward also suffer. You can’t fix stupid, even in Cowboys’ fans (must be from Austin).

  10. commentawaitingdeletion says:
    May 20, 2019 at 8:34 pm
    What punishment of consequence can the league hand out that possibly compares to explaining this to his children and grandkids? Ooooh he can’t be in his owners box for a few games, that’ll learn him. lol

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    Thats just it. The humiliation and tarnished reputation are the true punishments that would matter with him and he has already suffered those. In the court trial this is not so much about Kraft but rather what happens to the cops. If they wind up with zero anything on anyone after an expensive year long investigation where they seemed to think they were mission impossible or something that can become career impacting for the guys that ran it. Especially when they even decided to do all that on their own after the federal authorities determined the case had no water and backed away.

  11. League discipline is going to ride completely on the video and its existence and availability. If its locked up under court order thats one thing, but they need it destroyed and guarantee no copies before they can totally believe nothing will surface later. And if it does surface, no matter how benign it is, internet mob mentality will claim that anything the NFL did short of casting him out would not be enough. It will get painted as the crime if the century that the NFL was so callously trying to sweep under the rug. Thats unfair sure, but its how the social media beast does things. And fair or not its what the NFL will feel pressure to protect themselves from.

  12. cowboysdude says:
    May 20, 2019 at 8:04 pm
    Of course they blocked it……..remember folks 2 sets of rules…..one for the rich the other for us…

    Seems that cowboy here has been out on the range too long with the bulls, hence used to no privacy.

  13. Whether the NFL attempts to take action for P.R. purposes becomes a separate question.

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    Kraft acknowledged he was there, was not proud of what he did and apologized. That is technically the only thing they could base their punishment on. Otherwise they are punishing him for getting illegally entrapped by police. That isn’t going to happen.

    Maybe Kraft mutually agrees to a small punishment to keep the peace. That’s the most I could see.

  14. Belichick’s softer side says:
    May 21, 2019 at 9:19 am
    League discipline is going to ride completely on the video and its existence and availability. If its locked up under court order thats one thing, but they need it destroyed and guarantee no copies before they can totally believe nothing will surface later. And if it does surface, no matter how benign it is, internet mob mentality will claim that anything the NFL did short of casting him out would not be enough. It will get painted as the crime if the century that the NFL was so callously trying to sweep under the rug. Thats unfair sure, but its how the social media beast does things. And fair or not its what the NFL will feel pressure to protect themselves from.

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    I don’t disagree, however it’s pretty stupid that the media and the public will react that way. Lets assume the video eventually get out. It will likely show exactly what is in the written account of the video from the court documents. Do people need to actually see it to believe it? Kraft also apologized. He wasn’t in there getting just a massage or there would be no need for an apology. Why should the video being released change anything. What happened is already known. A video should not change peoples opinion, but I agree that it will.

  15. With everything that is going on in this world… How is this important? Children are being abused and what happens to Kraft is more important and gets more attention? Let’s peek into each others lives and see the tarnish on our face. Get a life.

  16. News flash.. Kraft wasn’t the only customer.. How many people that are talking about this have done the same thing.. Ever been to a strip club with your friends? Guess you were honest… How was the bachelor party? How many of you see your kids every other weekend because you messed up? Let us peek into your world.

  17. All of the “other defendants” in this case, each should have to kick in some of the cost of the Kraft legal team. I figure 750/hr plus expenses, 3 months work… (say 40 hrs X 3) 22500/per… Lets say the bill is about 70K total. (estimated).

    5k per defendant. Its only fair. (lmao)

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