Reporting Brad Segall
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By Brad Segall
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The Philadelphia woman who made international headlines when she was arrested in Bensalem two years ago for allegedly offering sex to an undercover cop in exchange for Phillies’ World Series tickets has had her attempted prostitution conviction overturned.
A Bucks County jury last year acquitted Susan Finkelstein of prostitution but convicted her of attempted prostitution. Her sentence was a year of probation and community service.
Her attorney, William J. Brennan, appealed the conviction, and now he says a Pennsylvania Superior Court judge has agreed with their position.
“You can’t have ‘attempt’ in a prostitution case — it’s either a straight-up guilty or not guilty on prostitution,” Brennan tells KYW Newsradio. “They also found that she not in the ‘business’ of prostitution, which is a requirement for that crime.”
Brennan believes his client should never have been charged in the first place, and says he hopes that Bucks County doesn’t spend more taxpayer money continuing to pursue this case.
Brennan broke the news to Finkelstein, whom he describes as “ecstatic,” telling him it was the best gift she could receive at this time of year.