Robert Kraft lawyers call video ‘pornography’ in attempt to suppress evidence

Robert Kraft's attorneys are fighting to keep surveillance videos private in a prostitution investigation

Robert Kraft's attorneys are fighting to keep surveillance videos private in a prostitution investigation

Prosecutors in Robert Kraft's day spa prostitution case on Friday admitted they don't have any evidence to prove there was human trafficking at the massage parlor.

"The irreparable harm that will happen to Mr. Kraft ... will be absolutely catastrophic", Kraft's lawyer William Burck told the judge, pointing out that the court has yet to even have the opportunity to decide if the video was obtained legally by police. "There's no need to see the video unless you actually have a prurient interest in seeing the video". "It's basically pornography", Burck said of the video, according to CBS affiliate WPEC-TV.

Attorneys representing media organizations said sealing the video would be a violation of Florida's public records law, which could hurt future cases.

Kraft's attorneys have also raised questions about the legality of the surveillance that was conducted because their client and others charged with solicitation were not, in fact, charged with human trafficking.

Media companies including ABC and ESPN clashed with Kraft's defenders, saying the judge would violate Florida's public records laws by suppressing the video of Kraft receiving sexual services at the Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter, Florida.

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He gave parties a deadline of Tuesday to submit additional documents.

Kraft's legal team says that the possible release of the video is being held over Kraft's head "like a sword" in order to force him to take a plea deal.

The motion argues that the release of video evidence would "destroy any prospect" of a fair trial.

Kraft has been charged with two counts of misdemeanor solicitation of prostitutes; he was one of numerous individuals caught during a months-long police sting operation in Palm Beach and Martin Counties.

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