Pitched battle: Kraft attorneys fire back at prosecutors

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Two attorneys for New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft are accusing prosecutors of misconduct in his misdemeanor solicitation of prostitution case.

Alex Spiro and William Burck made the allegations Wednesday, a day after prosecutors accused them of lying in court. In court documents, they accused the Palm Beach County State Attorney's Office of going "beyond trampling the rights of Mr. Kraft and into sullying" their reputations.

Prosecutors say Spiro falsely accused Jupiter police officer Scott Kimbark of telling other officers he would lie to justify the traffic stop of an Orchids of Asia Day Spa customer. Defense attorneys say officers stopped customers after alleged traffic violations to learn their identities so they could be charged later.

Spiro says Kimbark told other officers he'd invent a reason to stop the customer.

Kraft has pleaded not guilty.