Sheriff expects 'pretty ugly' videos in Robert Kraft case to go public originally appeared on nbcsportsboston.com
If you ask William Snyder, Robert Kraft's latest legal efforts are probably just delaying the inevitable.
Snyder, the sheriff of Martin County, Fla., who oversaw the Florida human trafficking investigation that resulted in Kraft being charged with soliciting prostitution, said Thursday he expects surveillance video of Kraft in the act will reach the public eventually.
"I do think ultimately they are probably going to get released," Snyder told CNBC's Scott Zamost.
The New England Patriots owner and other defendants filed a joint motion Wednesday asking that any evidence in the case (including video footage) not be made public. Even if the courts honor that request while Kraft and others are on trial, Snyder noted the videos would just be released after a verdict is reached.
"Once a case is over, it's not an ongoing investigation," Snyder said. "There has to be a specific reason not to release a public record. And the fact that there is sexual activity is not an exemption."
Police say they have surveillance video footage of Kraft and others visiting the Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Palm Beach County. While Snyder didn't specify if he watched Kraft specifically, he admitted he has seen some of the illegal activity and described it as "explicit(,) sexual and graphic."
"I watched and just left the room," Snyder said. "There is nothing to see. It's pretty ugly."
As long as Kraft's case is ongoing, these videos won't see the light of day, and considering he's maintained his innocence at all turns, it could be a while before things are settled. Expect Kraft's high-profile legal team to do everything it can to make sure any video evidence is suppressed, too.
But eventually, public records laws may win the day and thrust Kraft back into the spotlight.
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