Pitched battle: Kraft attorneys fire back at prosecutors

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Published 5:09 p.m. ET May 8, 2019 | Updated 6:38 p.m. ET May 8, 2019

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The rivalry between Robert Kraft’s New England Patriots and the Miami Dolphins appears tame compared to the heated contempt expressed between Florida prosecutors and Kraft’s defense attorneys in his misdemeanor prostitution solicitation case.

One day after prosecutors accused attorneys Alex Spiro and William Burck of lying in court, the duo fired back in court documents Wednesday, calling the accusation “scurrilous” and “baseless.” Prosecutors Judith Arco, Greg Kridos and Craig Williams want Judge Leonard Hanser to find the pair in contempt of court; Burck and Spiro want the prosecutors sanctioned.

“The prosecutors have now gone beyond trampling the rights of Mr. Kraft and into sullying the reputations of defense counsel,” Spiro and Burck wrote. The only explanation for the allegations, they said, is the prosecution’s “bad-faith efforts to distract from its own misconduct and from fatal defects in its case.”

The Palm Beach County State Attorney’s Office declined comment. TV cameras did catch Arco last week using an obscenity under her breath to describe Spiro. That…

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