Report: Prosecutors are seeking eyewitness testimony against Robert Kraft


Patriots owner Robert Kraft's legal saga continues, as prosecutors reportedly seek eyewitness testimony against Kraft, among other developments.

According to Charles Robinson of Yahoo Sports, Florida prosecutors are looking to bolster their case, by "including potential eyewitness testimony in the event other evidence is suppressed."

The move makes sense. By now it's been well documented that Kraft and his attorneys do not want the "tape" of Kraft inside the massage parlor to be released, or used at trial for that matter. It was previously pointed out by Sports Illustrated legal analyst Michael McCann, that legal problems related to the issue of the video may "infect" the investigation, and that "the case against Kraft would collapse in the absence of admissible evidence."

According to McCann, Kraft's attorneys have challenged the constitutionality of some of the evidence against Kraft, and described the tape in discussion as "illegally obtained."

Robinson points out in his column, that "[spa] owner Hua Zhang and manager Lei Wang were arrested following the sting operation, [while] one unexplained question in the sweep is the status of Orchids Spa employee Shen Mingbi. According to charging documents, both Wang and Mingbi were identified by police as having engaged in sexual acts with Kraft on video surveillance obtained by authorities. However, while Wang has been arrested and charged, Mingbi has gone without charges. To date, prosecutors and police have declined to say why."

If prosecutors are able to get witnesses involved in the spa to testify against Kraft, and substantiate the charges against him, Kraft's case obviously becomes more difficult to fight.


Meanwhile, if there was any remaining doubt that Kraft does not want the tape of his activities at the spa to become public, according to Daniel Wallach, a sports legal analyst, Kraft's attorneys have just filed "a 28-page memorandum of law in support of his earlier-filed motion to suppress the videotaped recording."

None of this takes into account any possible NFL discipline of Kraft, which, like the outcome of Kraft's legal matter in Florida, remains to be seen.

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