Published: Wed, April 17, 2019
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Prosecutors admit no evidence of human trafficking in Robert Kraft case

Prosecutors admit no evidence of human trafficking in Robert Kraft case

Attorneys for New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft appeared in Palm Beach County court Friday in an attempt to keep surveillance video evidence in his prostitution case private. "It's basically pornography", Burck said of the video, according to CBS affiliate WPEC-TV.

Police have built a case on surveillance video from cameras they secretly installed in the Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter, Florida, in January that reportedly shows the National Football League owner engaged in graphic sexual encounters with the employees of the outlet.

Seeing it would only serve "prurient interests" and get "eyeballs and clicks", which could taint the jury pool, he said.

Kraft did not attend the hearing Friday.

Hundreds of people were charged in the multijurisdictional sting that began in Octoberand also involved other massage parlors and day spas in Florida.

Investigators initially said they were targeting human traffickers.

The soliciting prostitution charge will be dismissed after each of the five men pay a $5,000 fine, complete 100 hours of community service and admit knowledge of the illicit activity.

Burck said the previously highly publicized allegations of human trafficking by both police and State Attorney Dave Aronberg had amounted to "politicking" and that they added to potential harm to Kraft's privacy in releasing video evidence.

Attorneys representing media organizations said sealing the video would be a violation of Florida's public records law, which could hurt future cases.

He gave parties a deadline of Tuesday to submit additional documents.

Kraft's attorneys filed a motion to suppress the video in March, further suggesting that police did not have a valid search warrant to collect the video as evidence.

The media coalition's attorneys argued the public has a right to see the video and that Kraft quote "does not enjoy- as a criminal defendant in a criminal case- the right to privacy".

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