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On Thursday, Patriots owner Robert Kraft pleaded not guilty to soliciting prostitution at a spa in Jupiter, Fla.

So what does that mean for Kraft going forward? 

Michael Coyne, Dean at Massachusetts School of Law, broke down Kraft's plea on Arbella Early Edition and discussed the reasoning behind his decision, as well as what it could mean for his trial going forward.

"The likelihood is he will never appear in court," said Coyne. "I think he's setting it up so he can participate in a diversion program, which will require an educational program, a fine, and likely never require him to appear in court. It's just part of the procedural process."

"You plead not guilty to keep your options open," he continued. "It doesn't mean he didn't do it, doesn't mean that he expects to go to trial. What it means is this gives them some time to work out any arrangement. He may well take this matter to trial, but this allows him to participate -- first-time offenders often are eligible for a diversion program. If you plead guilty, then that just means we'll proceed to the sentencing phase. The not guilty allows him to participate in this diversion program likely, which then means that these charges at the end of it, if he does participate in this program, will actually be expunged. It'll be equivalent to him never having been charged. And I think what'll happen is if he is able to do that before the video is released, then he's free of the justice system and there will be less attention being paid to the video at that point. There will still be some, but it'll be really a blip on the radar screen as opposed to prolonging it over the course of the next 12 to 18 months." 

 

See what Coyne had to say in the video above.

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