Kraft's attorneys: Video obtained illegally after fake bomb threat

Attorneys for New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft argued in a public filing Wednesday that the cameras involved in the Jupiter (Fla.) Police Department's prostitution investigation were installed illegally after a phony bomb threat, according to multiple outlets.

The filing, submitted in West Palm Beach, Fla., with a request to suppress videos from the case, states that police officers created "a phony 'suspicious package' warning" to have the Orchids of Asia Day Spa evacuated, allowing them to install hidden cameras inside several rooms of the massage parlor.

The filing adds that the police department's approach was "the most drastic, invasive, indiscriminate spying conceivable by law enforcement... in order to prosecute what are at most misdemeanor offenses," according to CNN. It also argues that constitutional protections against unreasonable searches were violated, according to ESPN, by using cameras to prosecute misdemeanor crimes, rather than felonies.

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Kraft, 77, is charged with two counts of solicitation, a misdemeanor, stemming from video that police say shows two of his visits to the spa in January. Twenty-three others were also charged with solicitation at the spa, with around 300 men in total charged in a multi-county investigation that involved several other massage parlors.

According to USA Today, the filing says the bomb threat and camera installation occurred Jan. 18, the day before the first of Kraft's alleged visits, which came on consecutive days. Kraft's second alleged visit was Jan. 20, the morning of the AFC Championship Game between the Patriots and Chiefs in Kansas City.

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New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, right, arrives on the field before the AFC Championship NFL football game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the New England Patriots, Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft walks on the field before the AFC Championship NFL football game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the New England Patriots, Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI - JANUARY 20: Kansas City Chiefs owner Clark Hunt speaks to New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft before the AFC Championship Game at Arrowhead Stadium on January 20, 2019 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by David Eulitt/Getty Images)
Jan 20, 2019; Kansas City, MO, USA; New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft walks the field before the AFC Championship game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the New England Patriots at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 20, 2019; Kansas City, MO, USA; New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft walks down a hallway before the AFC Championship game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the New England Patriots at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 20, 2019; Kansas City, MO, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) greets owner Robert Kraft in the locker room as they celebrate their win over the Kansas City Chiefs during overtime in the AFC Championship game at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 20, 2019; Kansas City, MO, USA; New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft holds up the trophy in the locker room after the win over the Kansas City Chiefs during overtime in the AFC Championship game at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
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Kraft entered a not-guilty plea and requested a jury trial last week, after previous reports indicated charges would be dropped if he agreed to acknowledge he would have been found guilty at trial. His attorneys have made multiple motions, Wednesday's being the latest, to suppress the release of videos.

The Boston Globe filed a motion to intervene in the proceedings on Wednesday, joining other media in opposition to Kraft's motion to block release of videos.

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JUPITER, FLORIDA - FEBRUARY 22: Television crews are reflected in the window of the Orchids of Asia Day Spa after New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft is charged with allegedly soliciting for sex on February 22, 2019 in Jupiter, Florida. Mr. Kraft was caught up in a law enforcement operation in South Florida that netted hundreds of johns over the past two weeks.(Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
JUPITER, FLORIDA - FEBRUARY 22: A person looks in a window of the Orchids of Asia Day Spa where New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft is charged with allegedly soliciting for sex on February 22, 2019 in Jupiter, Florida. Mr. Kraft was caught up in a law enforcement operation in South Florida that netted hundreds of johns over the past two weeks.(Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
JUPITER, FLORIDA - FEBRUARY 22: Matthew Gizze (L) and Kevin Brown, both of whom are N.Y. Jets football fans, stop to look at the Orchids of Asia Day Spa where New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft is charged with allegedly soliciting for sex on February 22, 2019 in Jupiter, Florida. Mr. Kraft was caught up in a law enforcement operation in South Florida that netted hundreds of johns over the past two weeks.(Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
JUPITER, FLORIDA - FEBRUARY 22: A camera man films the Orchids of Asia Day Spa after New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft is charged with allegedly soliciting for sex on February 22, 2019 in Jupiter, Florida. Mr. Kraft was caught up in a law enforcement operation in South Florida that netted hundreds of johns over the past two weeks.(Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
JUPITER, FLORIDA - FEBRUARY 22: A camera man films the Orchids of Asia Day Spa after New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft is charged with allegedly soliciting for sex on February 22, 2019 in Jupiter, Florida. Mr. Kraft was caught up in a law enforcement operation in South Florida that netted hundreds of johns over the past two weeks.(Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
JUPITER, FLORIDA - FEBRUARY 22: Mike Walsh has his picture taken near the front entrance to the Orchids of Asia Day Spa after New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft is charged with allegedly soliciting for sex on February 22, 2019 in Jupiter, Florida. Mr. Kraft was caught up in a law enforcement operation in South Florida that netted hundreds of johns over the past two weeks.(Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
JUPITER, FLORIDA - FEBRUARY 22: A Danger sign is seen on the front door of the Orchids of Asia Day Spa after New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft is charged with allegedly soliciting for sex on February 22, 2019 in Jupiter, Florida. Mr. Kraft was caught up in a law enforcement operation in South Florida that netted hundreds of johns over the past two weeks.(Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
JUPITER, FLORIDA - FEBRUARY 22: People mill around in front of the Orchids of Asia Day Spaafter New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft being charged with allegedly soliciting for sex on February 22, 2019 in Jupiter, Florida. Mr. Kraft was caught up in a law enforcement operation in South Florida that netted hundreds of johns over the past two weeks.(Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
JUPITER, FLORIDA - FEBRUARY 22: People mill around in front of the Orchids of Asia Day Spaafter New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft being charged with allegedly soliciting for sex on February 22, 2019 in Jupiter, Florida. Mr. Kraft was caught up in a law enforcement operation in South Florida that netted hundreds of johns over the past two weeks.(Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
JUPITER, FLORIDA - FEBRUARY 22: People mill around in front of the Orchids of Asia Day Spaafter New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft being charged with allegedly soliciting for sex on February 22, 2019 in Jupiter, Florida. Mr. Kraft was caught up in a law enforcement operation in South Florida that netted hundreds of johns over the past two weeks.(Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
JUPITER, FLORIDA - FEBRUARY 22: Mark McGuire, a N.Y. Giants football fan, gives the thumbs up near the front door of the Orchids of Asia Day Spaafter New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft being charged with allegedly soliciting for sex on February 22, 2019 in Jupiter, Florida. Mr. Kraft was caught up in a law enforcement operation in South Florida that netted hundreds of johns over the past two weeks.(Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
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Kraft issued an apology last month, his only public comments on the matter.

"In deference to the judicial process, I have remained silent these past several weeks," Kraft's statement read. .".. I would like to use this opportunity to say something that I have wanted to say for four weeks.

"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."

--Field Level Media

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