According to WPTV, on Wednesday, Judge Leonard Hanser set a “calendar call” for May 21st to determine if both sides are ready to go to trial and said Kraft must appear at the hearing.
While Palm Beach County Judge Leonard Hanser ordered Kraft’s appearance, he did not rule on the legality of the alleged incriminating video. He is expected to do so at a later date.
Kraft’s legal team has challenged the video on multiple grounds, including arguing that lead investigator Andrew Sharp illegally obtained the warrant to install hidden cameras at the spa.
Kraft’s legal team argued Wednesday that the video surveillance intruded on the privacy of innocent spa clients who arrived to receive massages and other legitimate services.
“You had people looking at these videos who had no idea what they were doing … none of the criteria made sense,” Kraft attorney William Burck argued, per the Associated Press. “That’s not because they are bad people. They didn’t have instructions. If you have no instructions, the warrant has to go.”
The Associated Press reports that a judge in a related case in neighboring Martin County ruled that undercover video of massage parlor patrons was inadmissible because the video did not properly minimize surveillance of non-criminal activity at two spas caught up in a prostitution sting.
Hasner’s decision will be made independent of the Martin County ruling.
Kraft’s ordered appearance on May 21 will be at a hearing to determine if both sides are ready for trial. Kraft is one of 25 men facing charges of soliciting prostitution at the Orchids of Asia Day Spa.
Kraft has pleaded not guilty to soliciting prostitution charges.
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