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Robert Kraft Asks for Jury Trial

New England Patriots owner reaffirms not guilty plea, waives arraignment
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 26, 2019 3:48 PM CDT
In this Jan. 20, 2019, file photo, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft walks on the field before the AFC Championship NFL football game in Kansas City, Mo.   (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

(Newser) – Looks like Robert Kraft is going to trial. The New England Patriots owner has waived his right to an arraignment and requested a jury trial in his prostitution case, according to court documents filed Tuesday and obtained by CNN. Kraft, 77, pleaded not guilty to two misdemeanor counts of soliciting prostitution last month, but he had previously requested a non-jury trial and was due in court for his arraignment Thursday, CBS News reports. Court documents show that appearance has now been canceled, WPTV reports. The new documents also reaffirm his not guilty plea, WCVB reports. As expected, he didn't go for the plea deal prosecutors offered. As for what the NFL plans to do about all this, sources tell CNN the league will wait until Kraft's legal issues have been resolved before deciding whether to punish him. (Kraft issued a statement on Saturday.)

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