Judge: Public can't see Kraft videos yet

Two videos that allegedly show New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft participating in illegal acts at Florida massage parlor will not be released to the public yet.

Palm Beach County Judge Leonard Hanser agreed with a request made by Kraft's defense team to keep the videos sealed, at least for now. In his decision Tuesday, he wrote "making these images public, at this time, seriously jeopardizes Defendant's fundamental right to a fair and impartial jury."

He continued:

"Furthermore, the Court is seriously concerned about allowing the media to disclose to the public a piece of evidence that would be (or could be) central to the case against defendant," Hanser wrote. "In effect, the potential jury pool would be given the opportunity to preview trial evidence, including identifying (Kraft) as the person depicted in the video tapes."

Florida's open-records law typically allows the release of evidence, and prosecutors last week said they intended to make recordings of Kraft public.

Hanser, however, said he won't allow the video to be released until the jury is sworn in or the case is otherwise resolved.

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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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Several media companies had asked the judge to release the footage, citing Florida law.

Kraft's lawyers also are seeking to have the videos thrown out, contending his rights were violated when authorities recorded what happened inside the Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter, Fla.

Kraft was one of 24 men charged with soliciting prostitution at the spa. Kraft has pleaded not guilty to two counts of soliciting, which allegedly occurred in January.

--Field Level Media

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