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Attorneys for New England Patriots owner - zhangzk - 08-09-2019

JUPITER John Cominsky Jersey , Fla. (AP) —Robert Kraft want a Florida judge to block prosecutors from using secretly taken video that police say shows him engaging in paid sex acts with female massage parlor employees.In court documents filed Thursday, Kraft’s attorneys challenged the warrant allowing Jupiter police officers to hide video cameras in the Orchids of Asia Day Spa.Kraft attorney Jack Goldberger wrote that police “deliberately misrepresented” facts used to get a judge to approve their search warrant. The cameras were installed in January after officers used an undisclosed ruse to gain access to the spa. They then used the cameras to monitor employees and customers over several days. Jupiter was part of a multicounty investigation of massage parlor prostitution and possible human trafficking that resulted with the arrests of about 300 men and the closure of 10 spas. The spa owners have been charged with felonies.Goldberger wrote that the alleged traffic violations the Jupiter officers used to stop men as they left the spa and interview them about what happened in the spa were faked, and officers’ didn’t accurately depict what a health inspector found when they sent her in to examine the spa.He also said officers had not exhausted less-invasive means of investigating the spa, and Florida law says audio surveillance such as wiretaps should only be used for serious felonies such as murder or kidnapping and does not list prostitution.Kraft, 77, is accused of paying for sex acts at the spa twice in January. He has pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor solicitation of prostitution, but issued an apology last weekend, saying he had disappointed his family, friends, co-workers, fans “and many others who rightfully hold me to a higher standard.”Kraft said he has “extraordinary respect for women,” adding that his morals were shaped by his late wife Qadree Ollison Jersey , who died in 2011.Jupiter police and the Palm Beach County State Attorney’s Office did not immediately return calls for comment Thursday.Attorney David S. Weinstein, a Miami defense lawyer and former prosecutor who is not involved in the case, said such a motion is “exactly what he would expect” from Kraft’s attorneys and the others. He said it’s hard to predict the defense’s chances of prevailing without knowing the prosecution’s counterarguments and what is presented at a future hearing.But even if the defense gets the video recordings thrown out, the judge might still allow police to testify about what they saw on the video and the other evidence collected, and the case would go forwardAccording to police records, Kraft, who is worth $6 billion, was chauffeured to the Orchids of Asia spa on the evening of Jan. 19, where officers secretly recorded him engaging in a sex act and then handing over an undetermined amount of cash.Investigators said Kraft returned 17 hours later and was again videotaped engaging in sex acts before paying with a $100 bill and another bill, police said.Hours later, he was in Kansas City for the AFC Championship game, where his Patriots defeated the Chiefs. His team then won the Super Bowl in Atlanta Ed Oliver Jersey , the Patriots’ sixth NFL championship under his ownership.Prosecutors have offered to drop the charges if Kraft and the other men enter a diversion program for first-time offenders. That would include an admission they would be found guilty if their case went to trial, a $5,000 fine, 100 hours of community service and attendance in a class on the dangers of prostitution and its connection to human trafficking. They would also have to make a court appearance and be tested for sexually transmitted diseases. Prosecutors say the fine and community service are required by law and are not negotiable.Kraft’s attorneys have not spoken about the offer, but other men’s attorneys have said it is harsher than typically given for first-time offenders in Palm Beach County. Fines and community service terms are usually smaller and no court appearance is required, they said.Weinstein said the attorneys might be hoping the challenge of the warrant will cause prosecutors to soften their proposed deal. If not, he said such pretrial challenges could stretch the case out for months if not a year. TAMPA, Fla. (AP)The surest path to the playoffs is winning a division title. It’s also a journey that doesn’t figure to be easy for Carolina and equally inconsistent Tampa Bay in the NFC South, where two games separate first and last place. Beginning Sunday, the Panthers (4-3) will play five of their remaining nine games within the tightly contested division that produced the past two NFC representatives in the Super Bowl. The last-place Buccaneers (2-4) play six of their final 10 against Carolina, Atlanta (3-3), and current division leader New Orleans (4-2) Cody Ford Jersey , which has rebounded from an 0-2 start to win four straight games. The Bucs and Falcons are riding three-game losing streaks. The Panthers, coming off a 14-point road loss to Chicago in which they failed to score a touchdown, have dropped two straight after winning four of five to begin the season. As a result, none of the teams have been able to separate themselves from the others. ”For the most part that’s the way it is throughout the league,” Carolina coach Ron Rivera said of the way the race is shaping up. ”There are just a couple of teams right now that have stepped ahead of everybody else,” Rivera added. ”Other than that, I think it’s the parity the league is looking for.” The Panthers shrugged off a 21-point home loss to New Orleans to beat New England and Detroit on the road to soar to the top of the standings. Losses to Philadelphia and the Bears the past two weeks dropped them behind the first-place Saints. Tampa Bay, meanwhile, has the league’s second-ranked offense but has been a huge disappointment defensively, allowing 30 or more points in three of its four losses. The way the Bucs played in losing at Arizona and Buffalo the past two weeks, coach Dirk Koetter reiterated his struggling team can’t afford to look at the division race beyond playing the Panthers on Sunday. ”The only thing you can do right now is … get one win,” Koetter said. ”I showed the guys the division standings Devin Singletary Jersey , and we are what we’ve earned to this point,” the coach added. ”The fact that some other teams got beat in our division is in our favor, and it is a factor (that) we have not played division games and those games can move you up fast. … But we have to play better football.” All four teams have held the division lead at some point over the first half of the season. Rivera expects more of the same down the stretch. ”I don’t know if we’ll separate ourselves until Week 10 or 11, maybe in two or three more weeks there might be separation,” Rivera said. ”But if there isn’t, I promise you this is going to come down to the last three or four weeks where we’re going to wind up playing each other again.” Some things to watch Sunday: WINSTON’S SHOULDER: Despite playing with a sprained AC joint in his right shoulder, Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston threw for 384 yards and three TDs in last week’s 30-27 loss to Buffalo. For the second straight week, he did not throw in practice on Wednesday and Thursday, but is expected to make his 39th consecutive start since entering the NFL as the No. 1 overall draft pick in 2015. CHUNK PLAYS: This could be the week Panthers quarterback Cam Newton gets back on track. Carolina has struggled with picking up big chunk plays over the past two games with only one pass completion of longer than 20 yards. The Bucs have struggled against the pass and Newton has taken advantage of those types of teams this season. Carolina is so desperate to find a deep threat that they’ve claimed wide receiver Kaelin Clay off waivers from Buffalo and there is a good chance he could be active this week. Rivera has been waiting for rookie Curtis Samuel to make plays down the field, but that hasn’t happened so far. ”When we’re playing Panther football it’s pretty exciting and when we’re not it’s just a lethargic team out there that’s motionless,” Newton said. ”That has to change. We have to give ourselves reasons to celebrate and be enthusiastic while out there on the football field. When you do that, that’s contagious.” KUECHLY’S RETURN: All eyes will be on Panthers middle linebacker Luke Kuechly if he returns to the field as expected this week. Kuechly suffered his third concussion in three years on Oct. 12 against the Eagles. He spent three weeks in the NFL’s concussion protocol the previous two instances Dawson Knox Jersey , but this one was shorter as he’s only missed one game. The Panthers will need the three-time All-Pro linebacker against a team that likes to throw to its tight ends and backs. Starting safety Kurt Coleman, who missed three games with a knee injury, also is slated to return this week. SHEPARD HOMECOMING: Panthers wide receiver WR Russell Shepard returns to face his former team, the Buccaneers. Shepard had a 40-yard TD in Carolina’s season opener, but hasn’t contributed much since then. Still, he is well respected in the Bucs locker room. Winston called Shepard a ”great teammate” and ”workaholic.” The quarterback added: ”I’m so proud of him and what he has achieved. I can’t tell you how much Russell Shepard taught me as a football player and as a friend.” —