JUPITER, Fla. (WPRI) — Lawyers representing New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft want video evidence against their client in a Florida prostitution sting thrown out.
Attorneys Thursday filed a motion to suppress in Palm Beach County District Court.
Kraft and 24 other men are accused of paying for sexual acts at the Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter, Florida. Prosecutors said Kraft was captured on video surveillance twice exchanging cash for sexual favors.
According to the motion, “Mr. Kraft seeks to suppress video recordings that are the fruits of an unlawful sneak-and-peek search warrant that the Town of Jupiter Police Department used to spy on Mr. Kraft and others, while they were in the private rooms of a licensed spa, receiving treatment from licensed masseuses.”
The motion continued, “Florida resorted to the most drastic, invasive, indiscriminate spying conceivable by law enforcement – taking continuous video recordings of private massages in which customers would be stripping naked as matter of course – in order to prosecute what are at most (according to Florida’s own allegations) misdemeanor offenses.”
The motion maintains investigators failed to utilize less invasive techniques before resorting to video recording.
Law enforcement officials have said investigators can obtain “sneak-and-peek“ search warrants in situations where detectives have tried all other investigative techniques available.
The motion maintains investigators “had no satisfying justification for going to such extreme, invasive lengths just to investigate run-of-the-mill suspicion of solicitation. Simply put, law enforcement was incapable of establishing necessity because none of this, in fact, was ever necessary.”
Lawyers also maintain the traffic stop, during which investigators were able to confirm Kraft’s identity, was also illegal.
Kraft has maintained he hasn’t done anything illegal and has rejected a plea deal.