Trial For Woman Who Tried to Sell Sex for World Series Tickets Going To Jury Deliberations (UPDATE)

↵Deliberations are expected to begin today in the trial – trial – of the Philadelphia-area woman who tried to sell herself for World Series tickets. Susan Finkelstein (pictured below at Wing Bowl 18), 44, has become somewhat of a local celebrity after getting arrested in October for trying to offer up her "goods and services" for tickets to the Phillies and Yankees Fall Classic. Originally, Finkelstein posted an ad on Craigslist that read: ↵

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↵⇥"Diehard Phillies fan - gorgeous tall buxom blonde - in desperate need of two World Series tickets," the ad said. "Price negotiable - I'm the creative type! Maybe we can help each other!" ↵
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↵The ad got a reply from a police sergeant trolling the cyber realm for local prostitutes to bust. This ad piqued his interest enough to, as the defense ridiculed in opening statements, send four undercover officers to the meeting. Philly.com has the details: ↵
↵⇥A meeting was arranged at a Bensalem restaurant, police testified [Wednesday] afternoon, where Finkelstein allegedly offered sex to an undercover officer in return for a ticket in the 100 level off the third base line. She offered sex with two men - simultaneously, the officer testified - if she could have a second ticket for her husband. ↵
↵The defense has not decided if he'll call the defendant as a witness. Honestly, what could she say other than she's a huge Phillies fan? And speaking of that, being a huge Phillies fan may have gotten at least one man off the jury. ↵
↵⇥Among the prospective jurors questioned this morning was a man who strolled into court wearing a Phillies 2008 playoffs hoodie, a woman who hailed from a country where prostitution is legal and said she saw no need for charges, and a woman who said her husband had been arrested for soliciting a prostitute 15 years ago. All were excused. ↵
↵To the claim of prostitution, the defense argued that Finkelstein never actually requested money, only offering herself for Phillies tickets, and asked the jury during opening statements, "[i]f she is in the business, is she just open in the Octobers when we have a World Series?" ↵

↵Come on, if you're on this jury, how can this lead to a conviction? I'm in no way condoning or excusing real, actual, for-profit prostitution. But do you know how hard Phillies World Series tickets were to get? ↵

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↵UPDATE: Finkelstein was acquitted of the charge of prostitution, but convicted of attempted prostitution. "I'm obviously disappointed that it didn't come out with both counts not guilty," she said. "I honestly believe it should have gone that way, but there are disappointments in life." ↵

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↵She faces up to a one-year sentence, though reports indicate that seems unlikely. ↵

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This post originally appeared on the Sporting Blog. For more, see The Sporting Blog Archives.

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