PALM BEACH (CBSMiami/CNN) — A Palm Beach County justice has ruled a video that reportedly shows New England Patriots proprietor Robert Kraft paying for enactment astatine a Jupiter massage parlor indispensable beryllium destroyed, according to tribunal documents.
Judge Leonard Hanser connected Friday ordered that the “state shall destruct the suppressed grounds forthwith and taxable documentation to this Court outlining the steps it took to comply,” records show.
Kraft was 1 of dozens charged successful narration to a 2019 prostitution and quality trafficking probe astatine the Orchids of Asia Day Spa successful Jupiter. He was aboriginal charged with 2 misdemeanor counts of soliciting prostitution.
Kraft’s ineligible squad challenged the validity of the hunt warrant that fto authorities instal hidden cameras wrong the spa, saying it violated Florida instrumentality and his Fourth Amendment rights against unreasonable searches and seizures.
In June 2020, a authorities appeals tribunal sided with a little tribunal determination to propulsion retired the video grounds successful the case.
Kraft, who has been proprietor of the Patriots since 1994, pleaded not blameworthy to the charges successful 2019 and offered an apology, saying helium “hurt and disappointed my family, my adjacent friends, my co-workers, our fans and galore others who rightfully clasp maine to a higher standard.”
Charges against him were dropped successful September 2020 aft the bureau of Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody said the authorities solicitor wide would not question different entreaty successful the case. “Although determination was probable origin to marque an arrest, the grounds cannot beryllium each legally required elements of the transgression alleged and is insufficient to enactment a transgression prosecution,” State Attorney David Aronberg wrote.
The authorities antecedently argued against Kraft’s attorneys’ question to disregard the video evidence, stating they had nary involvement successful releasing the grounds to the public, done nationalist records requests oregon otherwise, absent a tribunal order, documents show.
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