Florida prosecutors reportedly offered to drop the charges against Robert Kraft, as long as the Patriots owner admits he would have been proven guilty at trial for soliciting prostitution. But the offer is a "non-starter" for Kraft, according to T.J. Quinn of ESPN.
Quinn says he expects "intense negotiations" between Kraft and prosecutors over the next week.
The government wants Kraft to admit he would have been guilty of solicitation had the case proceeded. I’m told that’s a non-starter for him. Expect intense negotiations over the next week in advance of Kraft’s scheduled March 28 court date. https://t.co/ohe3zv9Tmd— T.J. Quinn (@TJQuinnESPN) March 20, 2019
According to Quinn, Kraft's focus is on distancing himself from any trafficking allegations and keeping the surveillance video of himself at the Jupiter, Fla. spa sealed. No individuals involved in the case have been charged for trafficking thus far, and Kraft already has filed a motion to seal the video evidence.
During Tuesday's Early Edition, Dean of the Massachusetts School of Law Michael Coyne mentioned the video as a reason for why Kraft may still opt to take the deal offered to him by Florida prosecutors.
"The whole case turns on keeping that video out of public view, and that's why he may take the deal, because that's the safest bet to keep it out," Coyne said. "It is not foolproof, because Florida has an expansive law with respect to the public's right to know. But if he takes the deal, he's got a greater likelihood of suppressing it, and if they're able to keep that out of the public view, that's a win-win-win for Kraft and the Patriots."
Kraft's arraignment is scheduled for March 28.
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