Prosecutors in Robert Kraft's prostitution case can not use secretly recorded footage allegedly showing the New England Patriots owner being serviced sexually at a Florida massage parlor, a judge ruled Monday.
Palm Beach County Judge Leonard Hasner ruled to suppress all evidence obtained through a search warrant to take part in surveillance at the Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter, Fla., stating police failed to meet the guidelines of the warrant. Police stopped the vehicle to confirm the identity of the person they captured on video at the parlor minutes earlier, Hanser wrote. If upheld on appeal, it could lead to prosecutors dropping two second-degree misdemeanor counts.
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. Hanser explained that the police didn't do enough to protect the privacy of individuals who were receiving lawful massages.
Kraft's attorneys declined comment.
The other defendants also could benefit from the suppression of the video footage. Authorities allege that the spa was tied to a human trafficking ring, necessitating the installation of surveillance cameras.
Kraft's attorneys are reportedly now expected to file a motion to dismiss the case, possibly as soon as Tuesday. He said the good news for prosecutors is Hanser found the police had probable cause to get the warrant, which could be key if the rest of his order is overturned. New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft gives a speech as he celebrates with the Vince Lombardi Trophy after winning Super Bowl LIII.
Hours later, Kraft was in Kansas City for the AFC Championship game, where his Patriots defeated the Chiefs.