Skip to comments.Robert Kraft Requests Jury Trial In Florida Prostitution Case
Posted on 03/27/2019 9:21:25 AM PDT by Red Badger
BOSTON (CBS) Patriots owner Robert Kraft waived an upcoming court appearance in his Florida prostitution case and is requesting a jury trial, according to a court document filed Tuesday.
Kraft had previously pleaded not guilty to all charges and was requesting a non-jury trial. Kraft was due in court for his arraignment on Thursday, but waived his right to appear and changed his trial request.
With his Thursday hearing officially canceled, Kraft is next due in court on April 9.
The Patriots owner was charged with paying for sex acts inside a Jupiter massage parlor twice on the weekend of the AFC Championship Game.
Prosecutors had offered Kraft a plea deal. He rejected the offer to have charges dropped in exchange for admitting he would likely have been found guilty at trial.
On Friday, Kraft issued an apology.
I am truly sorry. I know I have hurt and disappointed my family, my close friends, my co-workers, our fans and many others who rightfully hold me to a higher standard, Kraft said. The last thing I would ever want to do is disrespect another human being.
Kraft faces possible punishment from the NFL. League owners reportedly will not decide on a possible suspension until Krafts legal issues are resolved.
Is he nuts?....................
Americans have a right to a trial by a jury of our peers, do we not?
Sounds like he is trying to scare off the prosecutors by turning this into a daily three-ring media circus.
A massage isn’t a crime.
He treated a ho like a ho. Who cares?
As far as the NFL punishing him, is that a joke?
Morals from the NFL, please...
No, it’s not. But can you imagine the testimony?....................
Yes, but he should have taken the deal.
A trail will be even more embarrassing...................
I believe his lawyers are trying to suppress the evidence by arguing that the surveillance and traffic stop were illegal. If so, his guilt can’t be proven.
Let me get this straight, I go into a massage Parlor for a Massage, during the massage she turns me over and starts giving me a blowjob, Am I supposed to say NO??
But yeah, he's nuts to roll the dice.
They asked for the video not be released, and we’re denied, so I think he plays hardball now.
I wouldn’t say anything. As far as I know, that’s just her being nice.
I suspect there are some who would bear it as a point of pride.
So he is really, really sorry - but doesn’t admit he did anything wrong - got it.
You must be an amazing stud for the girls to want to do you for free! Guys not as well endowed as you typically have to do some “negotiation” before the happy services are delivered. It’s the negotiation that makes the crime.
I think a billionaire has good lawyers.
> Americans have a right to a trial by a jury of our peers, do we not? <
Actually, no. The Sixth Amendment to the Constitution is quite clear: “In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury...”.
Please note the word “all”.
But wait. In 1970 the Supreme Court ruled that “all” doesn’t mean all. It only means for offenses carrying a penalty of six months or more imprisonment.
That was a terrible and disgusting ruling. Quite against the plain wording of the Sixth Amendment.
No matter. So if a DA really wants to railroad you, all he need do is charge you with a “minor” crime. Then find a pliable judge. No jury for you. Your sentence: Six months in the county jail.
I’m not too sure.
HOW long did they run this surveillance?
It took them HOW LONG to establish who the players were and what they were doing?
And only AFTER how long they got a big enough fish did they reel it in?
Can Kraft’s lawyers call into evidence, every single one of the videos and call in every one involved to testify?
There may be some GOV officials that may not like that idea.
I don’t think that’s how it went down....................
That’s my story and I am sticking to it!!
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