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Prosecutors in New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft’s solicitation of prostitution case filed a notice of appeal Friday over a Florida judge’s decision to suppress video obtained by police inside a spa Kraft allegedly visited twice in January.
An appeal by the Palm Beach County state attorney was expected after Judge Leonard Hanser’s ruling Monday to exclude the video evidence from the Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter, along with the car stop that led to the identification of Kraft. Both are crucial to the prosecutors’ case against Kraft, who was charged with two misdemeanors in February.
Kraft pleaded not guilty to the two charges and asked for a jury trial.
The appeal will be heard by the Pam Beach County Circuit Court; no date has been set.
“(State attorney David) Aronberg is acknowledging he has no case without the illegal video recordings that four Florida judges have now found to be unconstitutional,” William Burck, one of Kraft’s attorneys, said in a statement to USA TODAY Sports.