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Rosie DiManno: Why it’s a good thing the sex case against Patriots owner Robert Kraft has collapsed

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18.05.2019

Why would a man worth $6 billion pay $79 an hour for sex with a prostitute?

Maybe Robert Kraft liked it sleazy, now and then. Even if he did arrive for rumpy-pumpy services in a chauffeur-driven limousine. One can only take the whole slumming thing so far, am I right?

Sex makes a whole lotta people a whole lotta crazy.

Investigators may have claimed — in an extremely public manner, with the police press conference streamed live back in February — that Kraft, owner of the New England Patriots, twice solicited sex at the Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter, Florida. The 77-year-old was among hundreds of men scooped up in a sex trafficking sting that targeted massage parlours along a swath of the Sunshine State.

He was charged only with a couple of misdemeanour soliciting offences. Police announced they had video evidence of Kraft receiving an illegal sex act from Orchid “masseuses.”

But, hoo-boy, did cops ever fumble the ball.

A mess of a search warrant, for one thing. Which is why a Palm Beach judge this past week kicked out all of the crucial evidence, thereby delivering a fatal blow to the case against Kraft.

Judge Leonard Hanser’s ruling (subject to appeal) suppressed release of the secretly recorded gotcha video footage, meaning that prosecutors would be barred from showing clips to a jury.

The 10-page decision may infuriate both women’s activists and the moral pitchfork brigade but Hanser’s smackdown should be welcomed by everybody concerned about law enforcement overreach, privacy rights, unreasonable search and seizure.

Kraft’s attorneys had argued during a pretrial hearing that the Florida law allows audio wiretaps to be used only for serious felonies such as murder or kidnapping. These charges were misdemeanours — “lesser” criminal acts under the American legal system,........

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