New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft won a major victory in court when a judge granted his legal team's motion to suppress video evidence obtained by police in Florida's Orchids of Asia spa, multiple outlets reported.
In his 10-page ruling, Judge Leonard Hanser wrote that Jupiter police detectives and the judge who issued the search warrant allowing the secret installation of cameras at the spa did not do enough to minimize the invasion of privacy of customers who only received legal massages. Police stopped the vehicle to confirm the identity of the person they captured on video at the parlor minutes earlier, Hanser wrote. The state may appeal the ruling, but this represents a blow to the prosecution's case against him. Kraft, 77, has pleaded not guilty but issued a public apology. "Consequently. all evidence against the Defendant obtained through and connection with the search warrant is suppressed".
Kraft was one of nearly 300 men who were charged in February with paying for sex acts following police busts at 10 massage parlors that stretched from the Palm Beach area to Orlando.
Kraft was among 25 men charged in February with soliciting prostitution at the spa in Jupiter, Fla.
Kraft's lawyers have engaged in a relentless attack on Aronberg's office, which has responded by demanding that lead Kraft attorneys Alex Spiro and William Burck be found in criminal contempt for their interactions with police and prosecutors over the past few weeks. New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft gives a speech as he celebrates with the Vince Lombardi Trophy after winning Super Bowl LIII.
Kraft's attorneys are expected to file a motion to dismiss the case based on a lack of evidence, ESPN's T.J. Quinn reports.
Hours later, Kraft was in Kansas City for the AFC Championship game, where his Patriots defeated the Chiefs.