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Robert Kraft's lawyers seek permanent sealing of surveillance videos in prostitution case

15 May 2019

Florida judge Judge Leonard Hanser granted the New England Patriots' owner's motion to suppress video evidence pertaining to his prostitution-solicitation case Monday, according to WPTV's Merris Badcock and Erik Altmann and multiple other outlets. Hanser also ruled detectives can not testify about what they saw on the video or when they stopped Kraft.

The ruling marks a big win for Kraft, who was charged with two misdemeanor counts of soliciting prostitution in February.

Kraft's lawyers are now urging Hanser to combine his thinking in the public records case and the criminal prosecution into a single ruling that permanently bans public dissemination of the videos obtained by Jupiter police under a "sneak and peak" search warrant.

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The Palm Beach County judge focused his ruling on what he deemed a lack of "minimization" procedures to limit the invasion of privacy of the massage parlor's clients.

The other defendants also could benefit from the suppression of the video footage.

Prosecutors at a hearing last month said Kraft, 77, could not have expected privacy at the parlor because it was a business establishment.

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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. Prosecutors have conceded they found no evidence of human trafficking at the Jupiter spa and no one has been charged with it elsewhere.

CNN has reached to prosecutors and Jupiter police for comment.

Of the two times Kraft was said to have visited the spa was the same day as the AFC Championship between the New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs. His team then won the Super Bowl in Atlanta, the Patriots' sixth National Football League championship under his ownership.

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Robert Kraft's lawyers seek permanent sealing of surveillance videos in prostitution case