Prosecutors drop intercourse case in opposition to Patriots proprietor
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The transfer to drop the case in opposition to the 79-year-old billionaire Kraft was anticipated.
Prosecutors had mentioned Monday that they’d not search to overturn a state appeals court docket resolution final month that barred them from utilizing at trial surveillance movies exhibiting Kraft getting sexually serviced for cash on the Orchids of Asia Day Spa, a Jupiter, Fla., therapeutic massage parlor, on two consecutive days in early 2019.
The movies are essentially the most highly effective, and probably the one actual items of proof in opposition to the NFL staff proprietor, who had pleaded not responsible within the case.
Palm Seashore County State Legal professional Dave Aronberg is scheduled to debate the case at a press convention on Thursday at 2:30 p.m. ET.
Aronberg’s workplace on Thursday filed in court docket two notices of nolle prosequi, a time period which means they won’t proceed with prosecution within the case, the place Kraft was charged with two counts of soliciting prostitution, a misdemeanor.
Kraft’s second go to to the therapeutic massage parlor in January 2019 occurred hours earlier than he watched his Patriots beat the Chiefs in Kansas Metropolis, Missouri, within the AFC Championship Recreation, en path to their sixth Tremendous Bowl title.
The legal case had been on skinny ice for greater than a 12 months, after a trial court docket decide agreed with arguments by Kraft’s authorized staff that the movies ought to be barred as proof as a result of Kraft had an expectation of privateness when he went to the therapeutic massage parlor.
Kraft, who’s CEO of the Kraft Group, a personal diversified holding firm, was certainly one of about two dozen males charged in reference to visits to the spa and one other Florida therapeutic massage parlor in February 2019.
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