Sparks flew and new details were uncovered in the latest hearing in Robert Kraft's prostitution saga.
According to Terri Parker of WPBF, the judge ruled that the media "has a right to intervene in Robert Kraft's case as a surrogate for the public."
Kraft's attorneys had been fighting motions filed by a long list of media organizations, seeking to oppose Kraft's motion to suppress the release of surveillance video footage of Kraft at the Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Florida.
Apparently, due to the number of cases resulting from the prostitution investigation, Kraft's video is a factor not only in his case, but others, complicating efforts to suppress it:
According to Parker, a media attorney argued that "It is a clear policy of [the State of Florida] that all public records be open, except in clear and narrow exemptions." It was further argued that "in other spa defendants cases, they have asked for discovery (evidence against them) & once that happens, there is no longer an active investigation exemption [for the Kraft video]."
The State of Florida then confirmed as much:
Media atty making good argument - once the state says this is not an active criminal investigation the video automatically under law becomes public record. And state just said #robertkraft case is NOT an active investigation @WPBF25News— Terri Parker (@wpbf_terri) April 12, 2019
Parker said that a media attorney also argued that Kraft's right to privacy "does not apply in this case where he is a criminal defendant based on case law."
A third media attorney then argued that "Kraft's argument reminds [them] of chicken little. He’s saying the sky is falling and what we need from this court is a protective order."
Then it was revealed that Kraft's attorneys have actually viewed the video in question, who described it as "basically pornography."
While the outcome of Kraft's case remains to be seen, especially potential punishment to Kraft by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, there is no doubt Kraft and his attorneys do not want the public to see the surveillance tape.
According to Parker, Kraft's attorney's were "hyped up" about the issue:
While Kraft released an apology on March 23rd, shortly before the NFL owners' meetings commenced, he and his attorneys continue to vigorously fight the charges in court.
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