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The Fourth Amendment saved the world from a court watching a Robert Kraft massage parlor video. You can thank the 4th District Court of Appeal for ruling today that the Kraft video from the Orchids of Asia spa cannot be shown at his trial.
“The type of law enforcement surveillance utilized in these cases is extreme. While there will be situations which may warrant the use of the techniques at issue, the strict Fourth Amendment safeguards developed over the past few decades must be observed,” the judges ruled.
“To permit otherwise would yield unbridled discretion to agents of law enforcement and the government, the antithesis of the constitutional liberty of people to be secure against unreasonable searches and seizures,” the court added.
Legal experts believe this will now be appealed to the Florida Supreme Court and that a decision there in favor of Kraft would result in a lack of evidence and ultimately the prosecution would have to drop misdemeanor charges against customers caught up in the sting operation.
Now, ignore the legal side of this for a minute, aren’t you glad a courtroom won’t be seeing that video? Yes, you are. It’s 2020. What did the Palm Beach police department expect to find in Orchids anyway? Of course guys are getting rubbed and tugged. I’d rather have this going on underground than these guys bothering women on Facebook Messenger looking for action. Kraft and fellow rub & tuggers go in, take care of business and go about life. So the cops bust the Orchids staff for a few broken laws. Fine.
Now let’s all move on and look back 10 years ago to the time Robert Kraft was getting tugged inside a strip mall, turning the place into a tourist stop.