New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft pleads not guilty to soliciting prostitutes, hires friend of Supreme Court Justice Kavanaugh as lawyer

Friday - 01/03/2019 09:40
New England Patriots Owner Robert Kraft prior to the National Football League game between the New England Patriots and the New York Jets on November 25, 2018 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire vi
New England Patriots Owner Robert Kraft prior to the National Football League game between the New England Patriots and the New York Jets on November 25, 2018 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire vi
The conduct policy mandates that owners, players and other employees refrain from “conduct detrimental to the integrity of and public confidence in” the NFL.

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft has entered a not guilty plea to charges of soliciting prostitution at a Florida massage parlor, and also has hired a close friend of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh as a lawyer in the case, court records show.

Kraft’s local lawyer, Jack Goldberger, also has requested a non-jury trial for two misdemeanor counts facing the 77-year-old billionaire in Palm Beach County Court, according to a filing there. The so-called bench trial that Kraft wants would have a judge acting as both judge and jury in his case.

Goldberger is representing Kraft along with avid Patriots fan William Burck, a high-powered Washington, D.C., attorney who is a longtime friend of Kavanaugh’s, with whom he worked in the White House during the administration of President George W. Bush.

Last year, Burck was hired by Bush to lead a legal team that reviewed documents from his administration before they were released to the Senate committee reviewing Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court.

Burck also represented President Donald Trump’s former White House counsel, Don McGahn, in connection with special counsel Robert Mueller’s ongoing probes, and crafted the controversial strategy of having McGahn spend more than 30 hours talking to Mueller’s investigators.

Kraft, a Trump friend whose professional football team won its sixth Super Bowl earlier this month, is accused of soliciting sexual services for pay on two consecutive days at the Orchids of Asia Day Spa, which is located in an unglamorous strip mall in Jupiter, Florida.

His second alleged visit there, on Jan. 20, occurred hours before he attended the AFC championship game in Kansas City, Missouri, where the Patriots defeated the Chiefs.

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