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Who’s excited to see Bob Kraft’s happy ending video released?

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Dear God… why?

I recently asked if Patriots owner Bob Kraft might really be able to quash the video evidence against him in the Florida prostitution case. Now we have the answer and it’s a hard nope unless a judge steps in very soon. Prosecutors claim that they not only have the video of Kraft “engaged in activities” with a prostitute and paying her cash but that they planned to release it. Yesterday, a judge stepped in at the eleventh hour and blocked the release until he had a chance to rule on it, but it seems unlikely that he can stop this from happening. (ABC News)

The judge overseeing the case in which New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft is charged with soliciting prostitution halted Florida prosecutors’ plans to release police surveillance video from a spa at which Kraft and two dozen other men have been charged with paying for and receiving sexual favors.

“I don’t want this released until I’ve ruled,” Florida Circuit Court Judge Joseph Marx said in an emergency hearing on a conference call with the two parties and the media late Wednesday afternoon.

The drama began earlier Wednesday when Palm Beach County prosecutors indicated that they were preparing to release the potentially embarrassing surveillance video from inside the spa.

County officials said that the video would be released in response to public records requests in the cases of two women who are accused of facilitating the alleged prostitution at the Orchids Of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter.

This is all unfolding because of Florida’s “Sunshine” law. It states that any records “made or received by any public agency in the course of its official business” are to be made available for public inspection. The only exceptions to the rule are cases where such records are specifically exempted by the state Legislature.

Normally, I’m all for transparency and find myself frequently suspicious of news outlets relying on anonymous sources or evidence that can’t be shown to the public. In this case, I’d just as soon make an exception. You say you’ve seen the video of Kraft “engaged” with a hooker and paying her? Good enough for me. We’ll take your word for it this time.

The problem here is that releasing the video could potentially backfire on the prosecutors. Assuming they have the goods, if this video comes out it’s going to be scandalous and soak up the news cycle. Kraft’s attorneys will claim that the state is trying Kraft in the court of public opinion before he’s ever had his day in front of a jury. (And they’re already leveling those accusations.)

Additionally, Kraft’s legal team is challenging the validity of the warrant originally allowing law enforcement to install the cameras at the spa. We don’t know if they’ll succeed in that effort, but if they do then the main piece of evidence the state has against him has gone out the window. At that point, between the lack of video to show the jury and the complaints about a show trial in the press, Kraft might just get out of this mess. Either way, this show is going to get ugly fast.

The post Who’s excited to see Bob Kraft’s happy ending video released? appeared first on Hot Air.

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Pelosi Demands Trump Remove 9/11 Video From Twitter To Save Omar’s Life (Or Something)

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An image of Kathy Griffin holding a fake beheaded effigy of Donald Trump that apparently did not qualify as inciting violence. (Image: screengrab TMZ)

The vide0 of Rep. Ilhan Omar’s (D-MN) glib comments to CAIR about what happened on 9/11 (“some people did something”) spliced together with images from that day that President Trump’s official account tweeted — stirring up a two days worth of hysterics from Democrats that the video was inciting violence and Omar’s life was in danger — has been unpinned from the top of his twitter feed.

It’s unclear if that happened because Speaker of the House Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) demanded Sunday it be removed or if the Speaker simply capitalized on it’s unpinning, but Pelosi has officially declared it must be taken down to ensure Omar’s safety.

Pelosi, who was traveling in London, issued a statement saying she had spoken with congressional authorities after Trump’s tweet “to ensure that Capitol Police are conducting a security assessment to safeguard Congresswoman Omar, her family and her staff.”

“They will continue to monitor and address the threats she faces,” the speaker said. She called on Trump to discourage such behavior.

“The President’s words weigh a ton, and his hateful and inflammatory rhetoric creates real danger,” Pelosi also said. “President Trump must take down his disrespectful and dangerous video.”

As streiff wrote earlier today, it’s rather remarkable Democrats would defend Omar since the Congresswoman’s own rhetoric hasn’t done their party any favors (and she doesn’t seem to care much, frankly).

But they’re doing so much more than simply defending her: they’re willing to look utterly foolish in order to do it. Especially when considering Democrats, and those identifying as Democrats, have spewed so much hate since roughly the summer of 2016 that a member was shot and almost killed on a baseball field and there didn’t seem to be nearly as much hand-wringing over inciting violence. Here’s a handy video detailing some of that rhetoric.

As for Omar herself, she and Kathy Griffin (of the detestable photo above that we should also never forget), apparently share a victim playbook. Which is to say, when they say something absurd or flippant or ridiculous or hateful and get called on it, they immediately blame the person checking them for putting them in danger.  There’s a real lack of personal responsibility in that kind of behavior. And a real lack of character.

There’s nothing rational or logical to hang onto here — Kathy lecturing on the 1st Amendment while Pelosi demands Trump remove a Tweet — and it’s getting to the point that Omar, Griffin, AOC etc. may just need to be ignored if they can’t come to the table and behave themselves as though they have some self-awareness and empathy. Because, as Southerners say of paying attention to people that make no sense, that way lies crazy.

The post Pelosi Demands Trump Remove 9/11 Video From Twitter To Save Omar’s Life (Or Something) appeared first on RedState.

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Can Bob Kraft really quash the evidence against him?

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Last time we heard from New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft regarding his upcoming trial on charges of soliciting prostitutes, I found his legal team’s strategy a bit on the odd side. His lawyers entered a not guilty plea on all charges, but only after he issued a formal apology for the way he had “disappointed everyone” and let down all of the fans. That seemed like poor planning to me, but perhaps he’s playing a longer game here and sees a way out of this trap. This week his attorneys have been busy trying to get the court to throw out some of the main evidence against him. That would be some video supposedly showing him engaging in sexual activity with a prostitute and paying her. Can he do that? (Boston Globe)

Media outlets seeking access to video evidence in Robert Kraft’s prostitution case in Florida are chasing “eyeballs and clicks” for their websites by publishing footage that is “basically pornography,” a lawyer for the New England Patriots owner said Friday.

William Burck made the assertion during a hearing in Palm Beach County, where the 77-year-old billionaire faces two misdemeanor counts of soliciting prostitution at a Jupiter spa in January.

Kraft has denied engaging in illegal activity, pleaded not guilty, and requested a jury trial. Video cameras secretly installed by police, pursuant to a warrant, allegedly captured Kraft receiving sexual favors in exchange for cash inside the Orchids of Asia Day Spa on two consecutive days.

So these are two separate motions that the judge has to consider. One calls for any video held by the prosecution to be sealed and not released to the public. That one is easy enough to understand. Kraft doesn’t want the embarrassment of having such videos showing up on cable news and having the trial held in the press before they ever get to a courtroom. (And let’s be honest… do you really want to see that?)

The second part is trickier. His attorneys want the video suppressed so that prosecutors won’t be able to show it to a jury during the trial. As far as I know, claiming that a video amounts to being “basically pornography” is not grounds for striking it from evidence. Generally, when something like this is suppressed, it’s because there are questions over whether or not there was a valid reason for the activity to be legally recorded or if the person was being unfairly targeted without probable cause.

In this case, law enforcement had obtained a warrant and installed the cameras in advance, suspecting that prostitution was taking place. To the best of my knowledge, they didn’t even know Kraft would be in the vicinity before he allegedly showed up on film. It’s difficult to imagine a set of circumstances where the judge allows the video to be tossed out unless there was some problem with the initial warrant that we haven’t heard about yet. Kraft has no claim to privacy since he was in a public place of business, not his own home or office.

Of course, if his lawyers somehow succeed in blocking the video, that will significantly weaken the prosecution’s case. At that point there could be all manner of “he said, she said” arguments as to what went on inside that spa. And if that’s the case, perhaps Kraft and his team are smarter than all the rest of us. If their strategy works, this story might have a happy ending for him after all. (Oh, come on… you knew I couldn’t finish the entire article without one happy ending joke.)

The post Can Bob Kraft really quash the evidence against him? appeared first on Hot Air.

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