New England Patriots

By Matt McCarthy,

A judge in Florida has agreed to postpone Patriots owner Robert Kraft’s solicitation of prostitution trial indefinitely in the wake of a decision to suppress the video evidence in the case.

According to the Associated Press, Judge Leonard Hanser agreed to put the trial on hold while prosecutors appeal a ruling that blocks the use of video captured by police during their investigation of the Orchids of Asia day spa in Jupiter, Florida.

Police say that video documented Kraft’s two visits to the spa in January. He is charged with two misdemeanor counts of soliciting prostitution.

Last week, Hanser ruled that the video could not be used in the case because the Jupiter police department failed to protect the privacy of customers who were receiving legitimate massage services at the spa. The judge cited previous court rulings as the reason for his decision.

Kraft pleaded not guilty in March and has denied engaging in any illegal activity, but also issued a public statement apologizing to his family, friends, co-workers and fans of the Patriots.

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