Judge Rules Alleged Robert Kraft Video Can’t Be Used As Evidence

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A judge in South Florida ruled Monday that prosecutors can't use video footage of Robert Kraft in a massage parlor, a victory for the New England Patriots owner.

The video could have been key evidence against Kraft, who faces two misdemeanor counts of soliciting prostitution on January 19 and 20 at Orchids of Asia Spa in Jupiter, Florida, along with some two dozen other men.

The 77-year-old Kraft has pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor solicitation of a prostitute.

Hanser wrote that detectives did not do enough to minimize the invasion of privacy of customers who did not commit crimes.

Kraft's attorneys argued during a recent hearing aimed at throwing out the recordings that detectives lied to a judge to obtain the warrant. They argued video, which is not specifically covered under Florida law, should have a higher threshold. Authorities allege that the spa was tied to a human trafficking ring, necessitating the installation of surveillance cameras. Neither Kraft nor the 24 other men charged in the county were specifically targeted.

Investigators said Kraft returned 17 hours later and was again videotaped engaging in sex acts with a woman before paying with a $100 bill and another bill, police said.

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CNN has reached to prosecutors and Jupiter police for comment.

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.

Aronberg's office has not yet said how it will handle the two new legal challenges prosecutors face in the Kraft case.

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.

Hanser had last week set a May 21 date for Kraft and his attorneys to appear in court to schedule a trial date.

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