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Patriots' Robert Kraft Sues Fla. Prosecutors for Records in Spa Case

Kraft, who has pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor solicitation charges, issued a public apology to fans in March

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    Appeal Filed to Use Video Evidence in Kraft Case

    The state of Florida filed an appeal late Tuesday to try to get video evidence of Patriots owner Robert Kraft back in his solicitation case. (Published Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019)

    Lawyers for Robert Kraft have filed a lawsuit against prosecutors in Florida for allegedly failing to turn over records in the New England Patriots owner's ongoing solicitation case.  

    Kraft's lawyers claim State Attorney Dave Aronberg's office "knowingly and willfully neglected their statutory duties under the Public Records Act," according to court documents. 

    Kraft was among the two dozen men who were charged following a multi-county crackdown on human trafficking in South Florida.

    Prosecutors alleged that Kraft visited the illicit spa two times in January. He allegedly visited the Orchids of Asia Day Spa just hours before flying to Kansas City to see the Pats play in the AFC Championship Game.

    The documents say Kraft sent a public records request to Aronberg's office in May for "documents and communications" relating to the Jupiter Police Department's investigation of the spa. 

    According to Kraft's lawyers, the state attorney's office said it provided "responsive, non-exempt public records to Mr. Kraft in recovery" and that all other responsive documents and communications are exempt as attorney work product or active criminal investigative information." 

    Last week, the prosecutors filed an appeal to challenge a judge's decision to toss out video evidence that allegedly shows Kraft paying for sex acts at the spa.

    That move came after Palm Beach County Judge Leonard Hanser ruled in May that all videos in Kraft’s solicitation case must be suppressed. In his 10-page ruling, Hanser wrote that detectives and the judge who approved the secret installation of cameras that captured Kraft’s alleged solicitation at the Orchids of Asia Day Spa didn’t do enough to minimize the invasion of privacy to other guests.

    Prosecutors argued in the appeal that Kraft should only be entitled to suppress video that was obtained unlawfully, claiming to have legally obtained evidence of Kraft's alleged offenses.  

    Kraft, who has pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor solicitation charges, issued a public apology to fans in March.