Robert Kraft case exposes “serious violations of the law by law enforcement”

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Robert Kraft is becoming an unlikely champion of individual rights in Florida.

The recent ruling in Kraft’s case that bars from use at trial the “sneak and peek” video generated inside a Jupiter, Florida massage parlor will boost significantly a separate legal proceeding aimed at securing justice for people who were simply getting massages — but who were nevertheless videotaped throughout the process.

Appearing Saturday morning on CNN, lawyer Joseph Tacopina explained that he represents a pending class of at least 31 “individuals who went into this massage parlor, licensed massage parlor I might add, to get legitimate massages and . . . somehow wound up being surreptitiously, illegally recorded by police in a state of undress or partial undress.”

Tacopina explained that none of the individuals who he represents are accused of any type of wrongdoing, and they were simply getting massages and ended up being recorded.

“It’s a nightmare,” Tacopina said. “It’s as if they put a camera in a bathroom and recorded people going to the bathroom. I mean, these people ranging from 40-year-old males to 75-year-old females in a state of undress getting massages. Nothing more. Legitimate massages. And wound up on a videotape that is perilously close to being put out in the public domain.”

It’s perilously close to being put out in the public domain because of an extremely broad Florida law that makes all documents and other evidence generated by law enforcement officials subject to disclosure on request. Kraft’s legal team also has been arguing aggressively that the illegal nature of the search should exempt the videos generated during the search from public disclosure.

“If this was not pushed and exposed and if it was Robert Smith not Robert Kraft we would have never known what happened here, and there were some serious invasions of privacy rights of citizens of Jupiter, Florida and serious violations of the law by law enforcement,” Tacopina said. “Robert Kraft, who I don’t represent, has done some very good things for this community.”

Kraft didn’t embark on this effort with a desire to help the community. But it should be a welcome incidental benefit to those who otherwise would have been victimized by overly intrusive police practices that remained unchallenged (possibly for years) because the police never tried to parlay those police practices into the prosecution of someone with the wherewithal and the willingness to fight.

61 responses to “Robert Kraft case exposes “serious violations of the law by law enforcement”

  1. Amen, if you’re working in law enforcement and committed these violations, it’s time to draft a letter of resignation because you have no respect for the law or rights of citizens.

  2. All hail Bob Kraft and the Patriots. True defenders of freedom
    and the truth, fighting bullies in creepy Florida and 345 Park Ave.

    Keep up the good fight!

  3. So… it’s all law enforcement’s faul?!?

    patriots owner robert kraft is SHOULD BE SUSPENDED.

    NOW!!!

  4. This stuff happens 24/7 365 in America.

    This story really highlights how much money you need to have to just bring attention to the fact law enforcement do not treat Americans like citizens of this country.

    And the money still might not save his rights from being violated in the end of all this.

    We need reform, we need police to be living in and accountable to the citizens of the communities they serve.

  5. How the right wing is okay with big government invading privacy blows my mind.

    Could y’all be consistent on an issue just once?

  6. What should he be rewarded for? Going to a shopping center with all his money? He’s an idiot that’s what he is and this will never go away no matter what happens. He had his chauffeur driven Bentley take him there!

  7. If the video does get released, those people should be able to add a nice chunk to their retirement nest egg from the lawsuits.

  8. Don’t forget all the cops’ illegal moves:

    1) They invented a reason to stop a car he was a passenger in – and invented a reason to ID him.
    2) They hoaxed a bomb scare to install the cameras.
    3) They ONLY got judge’s permission for ANY surveillance because they claimed trafficking – but even then, the judge did NOT permit cameras.
    4) Judge chastised cops because when they installed the cameras they ALREADY knew there was no trafficking – i.e. surveillance was improper anyway, making the cameras illegal twice over.
    5) Cops falsely claimed Kraft was somehow connected to the trafficking, at least as a user.
    6) Cops falsely claimed Kraft was filmed with 2 foreign girls when it was one 58yr old local.
    7) Cops publicly blackmailed Kraft, threatening to leak the video if he didn’t admit guilt.

    And don’t forget they’ve also gone quiet on their other supposed evidence (tissues etc from trash) and rowed back on the “even bigger name” involved. The reason for all this? When it comes to the Patriots, there’s a lot of salty water around Florida.

  9. If there was only a way that Mr. Kraft, other owners and football players could peacefully raise awareness about police brutality and corruption to continue this fight long after the legal proceedings end.

  10. And everyone thinks all their hard earned taxes that support police were being used to fight crime. Lol. This whole ordeal is a crime, if you ask me. Shouldn’t cops be out keeping our kids safe? If they have extra time on their hands, go find some middle school to keep watch over. The only problems I’ve ever seen associated with any type of prostitution is when we try to stop it from happening. Nevada doesn’t spend tax payer’s money on this crap and there’s no problems. Kraft or anyone else can fly to Nevada for this stuff. Everyone loves freedom, right? Yeah, right. A lot of people hate freedom. Where’s the respect for our veterans? They thought they were fighting for freedom. Our soldiers carry the flag of the United States, not the state flag of Nevada.

  11. “So… it’s all law enforcement’s fault?!?”

    Of course not.

    But it is all law enforcement’s fault that they violated people’s rights and didn’t follow the warrants and procedures as they were supposed to have done.

    The fact that you’re more upset that Kraft committed 2 misdemeanors than the police committing crimes to violate the rights of dozens of people is pretty sad. We have a constitution and laws written to prevent such things and supposed to guarantee this doesn’t happen to any individual.

    Our rights are the most sacred thing we have in this country, and if we allow police to widely violate them just because we don’t like someone, no matter who it is or what they have done, then your own rights are just as likely to be the next ones violated.

  12. How many people up in arms over this are the same ones yelling at the players who kneel and calling them all sorts of names.

  13. The whole point of a sting is to publicly embarrass the people who go to these establishments , I think Kraft has been sufficiently embarrassed .Can we move on now ?

  14. I guess all the people who are OK with the how the Jupiter police handled this are also cool being videotaped in every locker room and public restroom they use for the rest of their lives.

  15. The police did some shady things to catch some shady doings, So Kraft is a hero for breaking the law, but not being caught legally. Maybe he should take a knee to protest police videoing old white men in massage parlors.

  16. I have said for a long time that justice in the country is not black or white but green. The more green you have the more justice you get.

  17. These latest developments obviously mean that Kraft never even went to a message, nor did he ever pay for any sexual acts.
    Patriot fans rejoice and stick your collective heads back in the sand as big money has allowed you another tainted victory.

  18. This happens all the time and the cops almost always get away with it. It doesn’t get exposed until a rich guy with good lawyers is charged.

  19. He committed a crime and is therefore a criminal.
    Donald Sterling was forced to sell for something he said in the privacy of his own home.
    Force the sale already and move on with someone with at least a shred of integrity.
    This is just another confirmation of the no character amoral creature that he is.

  20. doctorrustbelt says:
    May 25, 2019 at 12:53 pm
    You’re picking the wrong guy to make a martyr.
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    No one is making him a martyr but if you can’t see the greater sin here was committed by law enforcement the only conclusion that can be drawn is your envy and jealousy are driving the bus. If it was your mother, wife or daughter would you be okay if video of them disrobed became part of the public domain as long as Kraft was further embarrassed? Are your priorities that far askew?

  21. Pretty sure none of this changes the fact that Kraft solicited a prostitute
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    Pretty sure it happens thousands upon thousands times a day, too bad it wasn’t in Nevada where it’s legal!! Who cares!!!

  22. This all seems very foggy. Was there prostitution at the location or not, and, if so, who was aware of it? If Kraft was aware of prostitution at the location then, that certainly sounds like ”misconduct.” Whether it should enforced depends on how the rules are written. If covered, owners should not be above the rules.

    The criminal case and the privacy violations are entirely separate from whether NFL conduct rules are to be enforced. Law enforcement crossed lines, should lose the case and pay for the privacy violations. But that does not mean that once known facts should not be applied to the NFL conduct rules. As said, at a minimum it is likely Kraft knew there was prostitution going on at the premises.

  23. doctorrustbelt says:
    May 25, 2019 at 12:53 pm
    You’re picking the wrong guy to make a martyr.

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    yes, the most philanthropic owner in nfl history is a bad choice.

    let’s pick dan snyder, jerrah jones, haslem, the bidwills, dean spanos, kroenke, woody johnson and all the other vile scum who own teams as silver spooned daddy’s boys instead.

    lol

    You sure are a smart little guy.

  24. thegreatgabbert says:
    May 25, 2019 at 1:21 pm
    It also reveal serious violations of the law by dirty old men.
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    A couple of misdemeanors is now a serious violation of the law?

  25. There were serious allegations of “shady” underhanded investigative work by ALL Law Enforcement agencies in Palm Beach County long before this mess with the Jupiter Police department!
    I’m no Pats fan but if Kraft was arrested illegally – I hope he is vindicated & sues them for all their worth!
    Maybe this hi profile case is what it will take to clean up the law enforcement corruption in Jupiter & Palm Beach County!

  26. This doesn’t change the fact that he broke the law by soliciting sex. He’s guilty. He certainly isn’t a martyr.

  27. I can’t believe all the wanks on here who so blinded by their jealousy of Kraft that they actually think he was the “victim” in this case of overzealous and malicious prosecution. If anything the police officers who arranged this whole shameful entrapment scheme should be brought to “justice” not Kraft. They are the real criminals, and I hope this litigation cleans their collective clocks cause a message needs to be sent that criminal justice complex can’t just run roughshod over ordinary people and even the likes of Kraft. God bless Kraft and his law team, he’s not a “criminal” he’s a successful businessman who keeps thousands of average Americans gainfully employed. Rue the day you judgmental fools are caught in the crosshairs of misguided and corrupt LE officials. You will sing a different tune that is for sure.

  28. NE fans are so delusional that they think Kraft getting off on a technicality changes the fact he porked a hooker.

  29. I wish this matter would go away. Kraft was not involved in child trafficking. He visited a woman in a brothel he knew for years. He’s 77 years old and lost his wife the love of his life. Why do we need to publish a video and why is it so important to some people that he is embarrassed?

  30. Are we really saying that his right were violated here?? I mean really???? The simple facts are he was in a jack shack and got caught. Stop trying to blame the police or anyone else. Own your mistake that you got caught, pay whatever the costs are and move on. Stop trying to play the victim here. If it was any regular Joe blo we all would be in jail or whatever. This coming from someone that doesnt care either way, he paid for what he got big deal. If the massage therapist did not want to do what she did then she had that right to not do it. Who really cares here, but let’s not blame the police here. Is this going to be another Jesse Smollett case?!?!??!

  31. Investigate the Investigators! The first thing a good defense attorney does is put the police on trial, especially if his client is guilty.

  32. finzfan49 says:
    May 25, 2019 at 4:15 pm
    Are we really saying that his right were violated here?? I mean really???? The simple facts are he was in a jack shack and got caught. Stop trying to blame the police or anyone else. Own your mistake that you got caught, pay whatever the costs are and move on. Stop trying to play the victim here. If it was any regular Joe blo we all would be in jail or whatever. This coming from someone that doesnt care either way, he paid for what he got big deal. If the massage therapist did not want to do what she did then she had that right to not do it. Who really cares here, but let’s not blame the police here. Is this going to be another Jesse Smollett case?!?!??!
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    This just completely misses the point and I can only think it’s because the person in question in this post owns the Patriots, and the Patriots own the Dolphins.

  33. finzfan49 says:
    May 25, 2019 at 4:15 pm

    If it was any regular Joe blo we all would be in jail or whatever.
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    Again, a misdemeanor is not a jailable offense last I checked.

  34. This entire case is pure madness. If there was something illegal going on in this establishment they could have simply revoked their business license and solve the problem at minimum cost. Showboating by the local authorities does no good for anyone.

  35. It doesn’t change the fact that Kraft was hanging a nasty-a– massage parlor. Technicality or not, it’s a fricking disgrace.

  36. One for the other thumb says:
    May 25, 2019 at 11:43 am
    How the right wing is okay with big government invading privacy blows my mind.

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    Right wing and “big government”… apparently you’re a bit confused on which side wants big overreaching government involved in every aspect of your life.

  37. “Force the sale already and move on with someone with at least a shred of integrity.”

    Hilarious. You’re living in a delusional fantasy land if you think they’ll make Kraft sell the team over this.

  38. “NE fans are so delusional that they think Kraft getting off on a technicality changes the fact he porked a hooker.”

    Nobody think avoiding a legal penalty changes that fact all. Most of us just aren’t so delusional and prudish that we think doing so is some sort of national crisis or heinous crime.

    There’s a reason they call it the oldest profession, and I guarantee you at least some of the people screaming so bitterly about this have done so themselves.

  39. Where is the “A woman has a right to choose what she wants to do with her body” crowd?

  40. This is so far down that it won’t get read much, but still…

    Kraft is a 77 year old widower who lost the love of his life a few years ago. He’s a great humanitarian and philanthropist. Never been accused of anything. He had a consensual something from a 58 year old.

    The police have already admitted there was no trafficking or underaged workers. They also revealed that they lied in order to get their videos. Guilty or not, Kraft was charged with 2 misdemeanors. No jail time and a small fine.

  41. nflhofcounts says:
    May 25, 2019 at 1:07 pm
    He committed a crime and is therefore a criminal.
    Donald Sterling was forced to sell for something he said in the privacy of his own home.
    Force the sale already and move on with someone with at least a shred of integrity.
    This is just another confirmation of the no character amoral creature that he is.
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    To put Kraft’s possible discipline into perspective…

    In 2014, Colts’ owner, Jim Irsay, was removed from his vehicle, placed in handcuffs, and transported to jail. He was arrested for DUI and felony drug charges. Not only was Irsay wasted, but also had hundreds of Oxy tablets in his possession and more that $29K divided into small paper bags. In addition, police found a dead woman (overdosed) in his condo. Irsay received a $500K fine and 6 game suspension for putting lives at risk and felony possession of drugs.

    Kraft was charged with 2 misdemeanors of soliciting. Misdemeanors. With a consenting adult. The Florida DA told us months ago that there was zero evidence of trafficking or underaged workers.

  42. If Robert Smith can afford to pay off all the student loan debt of an entire graduating class, I am sure he could afford the lawyers to fight the case.

  43. another victory for truth, justice and the patriot way. what are they gonna do now, change the solicitation rules because of the pats? 31 other teams are wishing their owner had the moxie to hit the spa in their 80s.

  44. jonathankrobinson424 says:
    May 25, 2019 at 7:41 pm
    Kraft no matter what happens is a perv.

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    yes, two consenting adults having sex is “perverted”.

    why are millennials such geeky weird basement dwelling dorks?

  45. tylawspick6 says:
    May 25, 2019 at 7:48 pm
    jonathankrobinson424 says:
    May 25, 2019 at 7:41 pm
    Kraft no matter what happens is a perv.

    0 2 Rate This

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    yes, two consenting adults having sex is “perverted”.

    why are millennials such geeky weird basement dwelling dorks?

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    Usually consenting adults do not exchange money as a condition of said consent.

  46. ricko1112 says:To put Kraft’s possible discipline into perspective…
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    As usual Homer defense brings up unrelated issues to deflect the crime at hand…..well so and so did this and so and so did that….other teams cheated etc etc. In the end, He committed a crime and is therefore a criminal.
    Donald Sterling was forced to sell for something he said in the privacy of his own home.
    Force the sale already and move on with someone with at least a shred of integrity.
    This is just another confirmation of the no character amoral creature that he is.
    Further, this is obviously not his first ‘rodeo’ and fact: HT has been linked to this location. Yes, he will get out of this legally…but the scumbag needs to be out of the league…enough is enough.

  47. When this first started and reports came out I wanted to be VERY harsh on Kraft, but refrained because police. Turns out I was right to hesitate. At this point I am rooting hard for Kraft to make that police department fold under his pressure. They likely have a fraction of the legal power he has at his disposal and likely don’t really realize quite yet what they are up against.

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