The seemingly endless saga revolving around New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and his patronization of a spa with allegedly sketchy intentions in South Florida has taken yet another strange turn.
Despite the existence of a video that could be essential to the framework of a case, a court judge has disallowed video evidence said to place Kraft at the spa in question from being used at trial.
BREAKING: Judge has suppressed the video of Patriots owner Robert Kraft obtained by police from inside a Florida spa. Story to follow.— A.J. Perez (@byajperez) May 13, 2019
The judge claims that the video was obtained illegally by police, which makes it impermissible in court. While the case will still proceed and Kraft could still face charges, this is a massive win for the Pats owner and his legal team.
A Florida judge ruled today that the video of Patriots’ owner Robert Kraft from inside a spa cannot be used because it was obtained illegally. A win for Kraft.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) May 13, 2019
Evidence that was obtained at a traffic stop related to the Kraft case was also suppressed due to the questionable methods police used to obtain it.
BREAKING: Judge throws out hidden camera video evidence in the prostitution solicitation case vs. Patriots owner Robert Kraft. Judge says police did not do enough to avoid recording legal activity. Traffic stop evidence also out. @CBS12 pic.twitter.com/KB2BrOBvCj— Chuck Weber (@ChuckWeber12) May 13, 2019
This is still an ongoing legal matter, and the NFL could step in and still punish Kraft under its personal conduct policy in light of the PR nightmare that's been spawned here. However, the Kraft team has to be rejoicing that this potentially damning, lewd video evidence will not play any role in the legal portion of this melodrama.