Lawyers for Robert Kraft on Wednesday attacked a Florida police investigation that led to the New England Patriots owner being charged for paying for sex in a massage parlor, stating officers violated both the U.S. and state constitutions and used strategies normally reserved for severe offenses rather than low-level crimes.
At an 92-page court filing, Jupiter, Florida, police lacked proof to get a search warrant which allowed them to install cameras is alleged by Kraft attorneys. Police state those cameras recorded Kraft paying for have sexual intercourse with spa workers.
Kraft’s attorneys argued that using the drapes to prosecute misdemeanor offenses violated constitutional privacy protections and prohibitions against unreasonable searches. Additionally, a Florida law says secret records can be only made by police when exploring certain felonies. Kraft is charged with solicitation, which isn’t a felony.
The analysis led to 10 massage parlors being shut about 300 guys being billed and their owners. Investigators have said that they targeted traffickers, however no one at the Orchids of Asia case was charged with that crime.
Jupiter police”stumbled on the most drastic, invasive, indiscriminate spying possible,” Florida lawyer Jack Goldberger wrote. He is being linked with William Burck of Washington, D.C., who also represents former White House aides Steve Bannon and Reince Priebus in the Robert Mueller investigation; along with Alex Spiro of New York, who’s known for representing high profile entertainers and athletes.
77, kraft, was charged with paying for sex acts at the spa two hours before the Patriots defeated the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC championship match , in January. They’d go on to win their title under his possession the Super Bowl.
Kraft hasn’t guilty, nevertheless issued an apology last month, saying he had disappointed his loved ones, friends, co-workers, supporters”and many others who rightfully hold me to a higher standard.” Kraft said he’s”extraordinary regard for girls,” adding that his morals were shaped by his husband, who perished in 2011.
Wednesday, the Palm Beach County State Attorney’s office declined comment. Jupiter police didn’t respond to an email and phone call.
Kraft’s attorneys allege Jupiter police had sufficient evidence to close Orchids of Asia down long before the movie cameras were installed by them. That evidence, they said, included statements by officers in a search warrant petition they had seen only guys go into the spa;’d noticed online statements from clients that the spa female employees accepted money for sex;’d detected evidence of intercourse in the spa trash bin; and had gotten confessions from guys leaving the spa.
But rather than shutting the health spa, the officers delivered a health professional to spy on the business, the attorneys said. They stated that her report gave scant signs of possible human trafficking, but also the officers’ petition for a search warrant said she had found considerable evidence. The attorneys say investigators used that to convince the judge that movie was justified.
They say officers than days viewing men undressing to get legal obligations, and thenengaging in sex.
“Law enforcement utilized invasive, constitutionally suspect surveillance to be able to explore what was really nothing more than a run-of-the-mill misdemeanor,” the attorneys wrote.