Robert Kraft's game plan for getting solicitation charges against him dismissed was revealed in a court filing this week: suppress the video footage that Kraft's lawyers claim was illegally secured.
If the court agrees the warrant was obtained illegally – or that police misled the judge –the New England Patriots owner could be spared.
USA TODAY Sports obtained the sneak-and-peek search warrant application a judge approved to surveil the Jupiter, Florida, massage parlor that Kraft visited. The application listed “evidence of prostitution” as the primary need to place cameras inside the Orchids of Asia Day Spa. The detective did note conditions inside the spa were "consistent with individuals living inside" – something Kraft's legal team wrote in a filing "seemed to suggest" human trafficking was taking place in order to bolster the chance such a warrant would be approved.
"Those ‘facts’ were false, and any suggestion of human trafficking being suspected was unfounded and irresponsible," Jack Goldberger, Kraft’s Florida-based attorney, wrote in Thursday's filing.
Goldberger’s eight-page motion to suppress two vital pieces of evidence – the video footage and the car stop during which Kraft initially was identified by police – provided a look into Kraft’s defense strategy.