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What's next for Patriots owner Robert Kraft after requesting jury trial?

What's next for Patriots owner Robert Kraft after requesting jury trial?

On Tuesday, Robert Kraft waived his arraignment and requested a jury trial after pleading not guilty to two counts of soliciting prostitution.

So what does that mean for the Patriots owner? Dean of Student of Massachusetts School of Law Michael Coyne explains. . .

"With a jury trial, all you have to do is get a single juror to hold out for you, where in a bench trial there is only one person that has the ultimate authority over whether you are found guilty or not," Coyne told NBC10 Boston. "What will happen next is there will be a pre-trial conference to decide on what motions need to be heard by the court, specifically the suppression of the video surveillance evidence will be one of them. And at some point then, we will go forward with respect to the trial.

"Jury trials take significantly longer to schedule. They're more involved and time-consuming. So what we're likely to see is a period over the next 12, maybe slightly more than that months, where there'll be various minor skirmishes leading up to either the plea arrangement or the trial. I think he wants to do everything in the world to avoid a trial, as most people would. The evidence itself, even if ultimately found not guilty, the evidence that will come in will be terribly embarrassing and hurtful to both the Kraft image as well as the Patriot brand."

Kraft's arraignment was set for March 28. But if his request for a jury trial is accepted, it would negate the arraignment.

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Sony Michel and Demaryius Thomas to start camp on PUP list

Sony Michel and Demaryius Thomas to start camp on PUP list

As the Patriots gear up for the start of training camp and another Super Bowl championship defense, a few key players will start camp on the physically unable to perform list (PUP). 

Sony Michel and Demaryius Thomas are the big names on there, per Field Yates, while Mike Reiss reported Nate Ebner, Cole Croston, Deatrich Wise and Ken Webster will begin camp on the PUP list. 

All this means is the players on the PUP list at this time have not been cleared for on-field drills yet. They can come off any time since it is just training camp. If any of these players end training camp on the PUP list, they can be placed there for the regular season, where they won't be able to practice or play for the first six weeks of the year. 

On the bright side, it appears left tackle Isaiah Wynn will not begin camp on the PUP list, according to Mike Reiss. The Patriots selected Wynn in the first round of the 2018 draft, but the University of Georgia product missed the entire season with an Achilles injury.

Wynn projects to be the team's starting left tackle this season after the loss of Trent Brown in free agency, so it's a good sign he'll be able to participate right away at camp. 

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Patriots HOFers Brown, Harrison back on the field in Foxboro this week when training camp begins

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Patriots HOFers Brown, Harrison back on the field in Foxboro this week when training camp begins

As the Patriots return to training camp this week, they'll be plenty of familiar faces getting back to work and some new additions. 

Among those who know they're way around the fields in Foxboro and will be out there again are a Patriots Hall of Famer and soon-to-be Pats HOFer, Troy Brown and Rodney Harrison. 

Brown, the former versatile receiver inducted into the team's Hall in 2012, will be on the field working with receivers again, according to Mike Reiss of ESPN. While not officially on the coaching staff, Brown worked with first-round pick N'Keal Harry, free-agent signee Maurice Harris and veteran Julian Edelman, along with other receivers at minicamp in June. He's lent a hand to Bill Belichick and special teams coach Joe Judge, who is also doubling as receivers coach after several staff departures in the offseason. Brown's former teammate Jerod Mayo is on the staff and will work with linebackers.

Harrison, who will be inducted into the team's Hall of Fame at a Gillette Stadium ceremony on July 29 along with late offensive lineman Leon Gray, is scheduled to arrive on Thursday, when the team begins practices. While not coaching, Harrison, the former hard-hitting safety who now works for NBC as an NFL analyst, will be a visitor on the field and is never shy about sharing his insights and opinions, such as going into the Pats Hall means more than being enshrined in the Pro Football Hall in Canton.

"To get named a Hall of Famer to the greatest organization in sport ever, it just means so much to me," Harrison told Reiss. "I'm still stunned. I can't believe I'm in the Patriots Hall of Fame. All I can do is shake my head at this point."

As for the current edition of the Patriots, Harrison expects them to be in a familiar position:  "I know Kansas City is really good...but I still think the Pats are the best team in the AFC."

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