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In the case of New England Patriots Owner Robert Kraft, a judge has ruled that a police video that recorded Kraft inside Orchids of Asia Day Spa & Massage, will not be allowed to be used in the prostitution solicitation case against him since it was obtained illegally.
The judge had concerns over the search warrant that gave police the ability to place cameras inside of the business which led to Kraft and other people being secretly recorded. The judge ruled that the police did not protect customers who went to the massage parlor to get legal massages. The warrant was issued to look for “illegal activity” but the judge says that is not specific enough and that written guidelines for when the cameras were to be switched on and off were necessary.
As the judge wrote :”The fact that some totally innocent women and men had their entire lawful time spent in a massage room fully recorded and viewed intermittently by a detective-monitor is unacceptable.”
This is definitely a win for Kraft. The state can either dismiss the charges against Kraft totally, appeal the judge’s decision or take it to court.
So far, they have no evidence other than this surveillance video.
Expect Kraft's attorneys to file a motion to dismiss based on lack of evidence, probably tomorrow. The state can either dismiss charges, appeal the decision or take it to court. But so far they haven't cited any evidence other than the video surveillance.
— T.J. Quinn (@TJQuinnESPN) May 13, 2019
Written by Clarke Jones