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Report: Media files to oppose Robert Kraft's protective order of video

Report: Media files to oppose Robert Kraft's protective order of video

Robert Kraft's lawyers are fighting battles on several fronts.

Media organizations filed a joint motion in Palm Beach County on Tuesday moving to oppose the New England Patriots owner's recent motion to have evidence suppressed by protective order in his solicitation case, attorney Daniel Wallach reported Tuesday night.

Kraft's legal team filed its motion last Wednesday requesting that any evidence from a Florida human trafficking investigation not be made public. Essentially, the media is filing a counter-motion to ensure the video isn't suppressed.

Police have said they have video evidence of Kraft entering the Orchids of Asia Day spa in Jupiter, Fla., and paying cash for sexual favors. Kraft, who maintained his innocence Tuesday by pleading not guilty and requesting a jury trial, obviously doesn't want that video to get out.

The sheriff in Martin County, which borders Palm Beach County, said recently he expects video in the case to be made public eventually, since Florida's public records law has no protection on evidence once a case is over.

Wallach reiterated that policy Tuesday night on Twitter.

As for the case itself, Kraft's jury trial likely won't come in the near future, and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said Tuesday he'll wait on "all the facts" before determining discipline.

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Report: Pats' punishments for videotaping could include fines, draft picks

Report: Pats' punishments for videotaping could include fines, draft picks

While the investigation into the New England Patriots' illicit videotaping of the Cincinnati Bengals' sideline last weekend is ongoing, The Washington Post's Mark Maske is reporting that the punishment could be aligned in severity with similiar game-day violations committed by other NFL teams in recent years.

That means fines in the range of six figures and/or a reduced round value on a draft pick — or worse still, the loss of one altogether:

"The NFL is likely to penalize the New England Patriots for their admitted violation of league video policy last weekend and is contemplating disciplinary measures in line with those imposed on teams in recent seasons for infractions of game-day rules, according to people familiar with the deliberations.

That could mean a fine in the hundreds of thousands of dollars and potentially the loss or reduction in value of a draft choice, typically a lower-level pick."

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Looking for something similar to what the Patriots were levied for Spygate? Maske points out that punishment was clearly an exception, not a guardrail:

The Patriots have admitted wrongdoing in last Sunday's incident in Cleveland, in which a credentialed Patriots video crew member was caught filming the Bengals' sideline during their game against the Browns. New England has said the camera crew was there to feature a scout as part of their "Do Your Job" video series.

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Report: Julian Edelman, Ted Karras make trip with Patriots, Cowart out for Bengals game

Report: Julian Edelman, Ted Karras make trip with Patriots, Cowart out for Bengals game

Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman and center Ted Karras, who were each listed as questionable with injuries, made the trip to Cincinnati with the team Saturday but backup defensive tackle Byron Cowart was downgraded to out with a concussion, according to ESPN's Mike Reiss.

Edelman, the team's leading receiver, has been battling shoulder and ankle injuries. Karras, the starting center, missed the loss to the Kansas City Chiefs last Sunday with a knee injury. Both were limited in practice this week. 

The Patriots (10-3), coming off back-to-back losses to the Houston Texans and Chiefs, play the Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium on Sunday at 1 p.m.