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New questions arise about video evidence in Kraft case


(WPRI) — Police are saying they have video surveillance footage of Robert Kraft and several other suspects involved in a prostitution sting in Florida, but some legal experts are saying the recordings could have been obtained illegally. 

Law enforcement officials told WPTV investigators can obtain sneak-and-peek search warrants in situations where detectives have tried all other investigative techniques available.

These types of warrants allowed detectives involved in busts in Martin County to secretly install hidden cameras inside ceiling tiles inside massage rooms, and one inside a cash register. 

However, there are strict rules behind the warrants: detectives must stop recordings displaying legal activity and only monitor the cameras for 30 days.

A law firm representing one of the suspects in the Martin County bust says the video evidence was obtained illegally because while the warrant allowed for video monitoring, it did not allow for recording the surveillance footage. The same law firm, Kibbey-Wagner, represents clients in the Palm Beach County sting.

The same type of warrant was used in the Palm Beach County sting, but WPTV reports attorneys with Kibbey-Wagner have not decided if they will file a similar motion to suppress video evidence, as they are still waiting for all the paperwork.

Kraft’s lawyers have already filed a motion to not allow the video to be released. 

Kraft has maintained he hasn’t done anything illegal and has rejected a plea deal.

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