Florida court agrees to toss video evidence in prostitution case against Robert Kraft

first_imgAugust 20, 2020 /Sports News – National Florida court agrees to toss video evidence in prostitution case against Robert Kraft Beau Lund Written bycenter_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPhil Ellsworth / ESPN ImagesBy AARON KATERSKY, ABC News(NEW YORK) — Surveillance video of New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft at a massage parlor will remain out of public view because police violated his rights, a Florida appeals court ruled Wednesday.The Fourth District Court of Appeals said a trial court properly suppressed the video evidence. “We find the trial courts properly concluded that the criminal defendants had standing to challenge the video surveillance and that total suppression of the video recordings was constitutionally warranted,” the appellate judges said.Kraft and two dozen others were charged in 2019 with solicitation of prostitution after they were secretly recorded entering a Jupiter, Florida, day spa and receiving services.Kraft has pleaded not guilty, but issued a public apology.Prosecutors can appeal the ruling to Florida’s Supreme Court, but if it stands they could be forced to drop the misdemeanor charges for lack of evidence.Kraft and the other defendants successfully argued their Fourth Amendment rights against unreasonable searches were violated.“The spa-client defendants in all of these cases had a subjective and objectively reasonable expectation of privacy in the massage parlor rooms,” the appellate judges said.Using a phony bomb threat to clear the building, police installed hidden cameras in four of the massage rooms and in the lobby of the Orchids of Asia spa.Three detectives monitored and recorded video from the hidden cameras over five days. The cameras recorded video continuously, but Jupiter detectives monitored the video feeds only during business hours.The detectives toggled between the video feeds whenever they thought criminal conduct was imminent. They focused on the end of the massages because they said any sexual conduct typically occurred at that point. In all, police recorded 25 spa customers paying for sexual services.Kraft was filmed visiting the spa on two occasions and was stopped by the police while driving away after his second visit. He was later charged with two misdemeanor counts of soliciting prostitution.“The type of law enforcement surveillance utilized in these cases is extreme. While there will be situations which may warrant the use of the techniques at issue, the strict Fourth Amendment safeguards developed over the past few decades must be observed,” the judges ruled. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Dave Grohl, Brandi Carlile Cover The Beatles’ “Let It Be” On The Streets Of Seattle [Watch]

first_imgWatch Dave Grohl and Brandi Carlile’s impromptu Pike Place Market performance below:Dave Grohl & Brandi Carlile – Pike Place Market – 4/20/2019[Video: smash3] On Saturday, founding Foo Fighters guitarist Dave Grohl and Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile teamed up for a surprise performance on the street at Seattle’s Pike Place Market.According to The Seattle Times, the musicians busked for 15 to 20 minutes. The performance included a harmonious cover of The Beatles‘ “Let It Be”, which was followed by a take on Foo Fighters’ “Times Like These”. Although the duo never formally announced their Seattle performance, Carlile posted the first few minutes of their set to her Facebook.Following the busking session, Carlile posted a photo on her Instagram with the caption, “Got nostalgic and decided to swing by my old busking spot at Pike Place Market with the twins and Dave Grohl…honestly one of the most surreal moments of my life.”last_img read more

Brit Wit! Frayn’s Noises Off and Stoppard’s Indian Ink Added to New Roundabout Season

first_img View Comments Off-Broadway, the New York premiere of Stoppard’s Indian Ink will bow at the Laura Pels Theatre in the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre in September 2014. Set on two different continents and in two different eras, Indian Ink follows free-spirited English poet Flora Crewe on her travels through India in the 1930s, where her intricate relationship with an Indian artist unfurls against the backdrop of a country seeking its independence. Fifty years later, in 1980s England, her younger sister Eleanor tries to preserve the legacy of Flora’s controversial career. Casting and opening date will be announced in due course. Noises Off, a hilarious play-within-a-play, follows an ambitious director named Lloyd Davis and his troupe of mediocre actors as they blunder from a bad dress rehearsal to a spectacularly disastrous performance. The cast and crew are putting together a silly sex comedy titled, Nothing On—a single-set farce in which lovers frollic, doors slam, clothes are tossed away and embarrassing hi-jinks ensue. Noises Off premiered on Broadway in 1983 and was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Play. The revival will open Roundabout’s Broadway season at the American Airlines Theatre in January 2015; casting and an opening date have not yet been announced. Roundabout’s slate for its current season includes Broadway mountings of Sophie Treadwell’s Machinal (directed by Lyndsey Turner), Cabaret, starring Alan Cumming and Michelle Williams (directed by Sam Mendes and Rob Marshall) and Violet, starring Sutton Foster (directed by Leigh Silverman). Off-Broadway productions include Donald Margulies’ Dinner With Friends (directed by Tony winner Pam MacKinnon) and Bekah Brunstetter’s Cutie and Bear (directed by Evan Cabnet). Roundabout Theatre Company has added two productions—a Broadway revival of Michael Frayn’s gut-busting comedy Noises Off, directed by Jeremy Herrin, and an off-Broadway production of Tom Stoppard’s romantic drama Indian Ink, directed by Carey Perloff—to its 2014-15 season. As previously announced, RTC’s upcoming season also includes Stoppard’s The Real Thing, starring Ewan McGregor in his Broadway debut and directed by Sam Gold.last_img read more

Harvey Weinstein Sentenced Today

first_img “He’s not doing well,” Juda Engelmayer told ABC News on Tuesday evening. “He’s looking at the rest of his life and feeling dejected and despondent.”Engelmayer said that numerous friends of Weinstein offered to write letters to the judge attesting to his character, but that every single person insisted on writing an anonymous letter to protect their own reputations.“It shows you that even people who want to support you publicly would be vilified for doing so,” Engelmayer said.Engelmayer declined to comment on a series of previously unpublished internal correspondences released on Monday between Weinstein and his colleagues and defense and public relations teams in the days following bombshell revelations about Weinstein’s past that first surfaced in The New York Times and The New Yorker in the fall of 2017.The documents were unsealed this week at the request of numerous media outlets, including the New York Daily News and The New York Times.“I have lost my family,” Weinstein wrote in one draft statement dated Dec. 21, 2017, according to the New York Daily News. “I have daughters that will not talk to me. I have lost my wife. I have lost the respect of my ex-wife and generally almost all of my friends. I have no company. I’m alone. And I will be honest with you: I’m suicidal.” In addition, Weinstein’s spokesperson Juda Engelmayer says Weinstein is having a hard time being locked up after living a good life. Harvey Weinstein ‘despondent’ as he faces sentencing in New York. https://t.co/QDDxf6QEiY— ABC News (@ABC) March 11, 2020 The day has come. Queues around the block for Weinstein’s sentencing. pic.twitter.com/vgE6scOVfu— Molly Crane-Newman (@molcranenewman) March 11, 2020center_img (New York, NY) — Harvey Weinstein will be sentenced today after being found guilty of first-degree criminal sexual act and third-degree rape.The disgraced movie mogul is facing nearly three decades behind bars, while his attorneys have requested a five-year prison sentence, citing his age, medical issues, charitable giving and lack of criminal history. Watch live here:last_img read more