A judge made several errors when he threw out video evidence allegedly showing New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft twice paying for sex at a Florida massage parlor, prosecutors argued in a court document, keeping alive their case against one of the NFL’s most prominent personalities.
The state attorney general’s office filed its argument with the Fourth District Court of Appeal late Tuesday, just before a deadline that likely would have meant the dismissal of Kraft’s second-degree misdemeanor charge.
It says that Palm Beach County Judge Leonard Hanser made several errors in his May ruling, and argues that even if he didn’t, he went too far by suppressing the recordings police secretly made in January at the Orchids of Asia Day Spa.
In the 63-page brief filed late Tuesday, prosecutors argued Hanser’s ruling was wrong, saying 90 percent of the video recorded over five days by Jupiter police captured “criminal misconduct.”
Of the 39 massages recorded by police, prosecutors argued only four “failed to capture criminal conduct.”
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