The owner of the New England Patriots, Robert Kraft, has been charged with soliciting prostitution. While we’re more than happy to see a rich white guy actually facing the possibility of jail time, we’re less happy about what it says about the judicial system in Florida.
Kraft, through his lawyers, is pleading Not Guilty to the charge that he visited a “massage parlor” in Jupiter, FL, where he allegedly received both oral and manual stimulation. Something he, again allegedly, did twice in a 24-hour period prior to flying to Kansas City, MO for the AFC Championship Game against the Chiefs.
Kraft, who will have a “low level” arrest warrant issued, will not need to appear in court but may appear on video if the case goes to trial. The videos of the alleged meetings haven’t yet been seen by the prosecution, and his defense attorneys are claiming they shouldn’t be admissible because they were made without Mr. Kraft’s consent.
If he’s convicted, Kraft faces up to a year in jail, a $5,000 fine, 100 hours of community service, and be required to attend a class on the dangers of human trafficking. If the State Attorney decides that there will be no jail time, they can change the type of trial Mr. Kraft (and anyone else) receives.