Last Monday’s ruling by Palm Beach County Judge Leonard Hanser was a huge victory for Patriots’ owner Robert Kraft who was one of dozens of spa patrons allegedly caught on camera receiving illicit massages at the spa in January.
But he said the search warrant was “insufficient” because it did not define parameters of how to protect customers at the spa who were not under suspicion from being videotaped and from violations of their Fourth Amendment rights against unreasonable searches and seizures. The judge also called the video evidence “seriously flawed.”
The cameras were haphazardly installed, the judge said, and they captured video of people, particularly female clients of the spa, who were not subjects of the investigation. There were no instructions in the search warrant on how to prevent these people from being videotaped.
Aronberg’s appeal will be difficult and thus far has not proposed any legal theory which could lead to the ruling being overturned.