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Legal Experts: Warrant Used in Kraft Case Meant to Catch Terrorists, Not Johns

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By    |   Sunday, 26 May 2019 07:24 PM

Police and prosecutors overreached by misusing a "sneak-and-peek" warrant meant to capture terrorists to arrest New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, legal experts told The Palm Beach Post in a weekend report.

Kraft was one of 25 men charged with soliciting prostitution after being caught on cameras inside the Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter, Florida paying two spa employees for sex, according to police reports.

The warrant was "completely uncalled for," said John Wesley Hall, former president of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, calling it "an abuse of prosecutorial power and an abuse of police power."

Earlier this month, two judges threw out video evidence, ruling not enough was done to protect the privacy of "legitimate" customers of the spa, since the video recorded their activities even when they did nothing wrong.

In sneak-and-peek cases, police will often stage a hoax to prevent the target from realizing he is the subject of a search, as in the Orchids of Asia case, when authorities used the ruse of a suspicious package outside the spa to evacuate employees to install the hidden cameras.

Police said they did so, because there was strong circumstantial evidence the spas were part of an international human trafficking ring.

But University of Miami adjunct professor Celeste Higgins said "we have traditional ways to get warrants so police can investigate . . . There's all sorts of techniques that are tried and true and well within the Constitution."

Jupiter police have argued the hidden cameras were the only way to confirm prostitution was taking place, and a circuit judge granted the warrant days before the cameras recorded Kraft and the other customers.

The use of such warrants has risen dramatically, with judges issuing more than 14,000 in 2016 after granting only 75 requests in 2006.

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Legal experts told The Palm Beach Post in a weekend report police and prosecutors overreached by misusing a "sneak-and-peek" warrant meant to capture terrorists to arrest New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft.
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