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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