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Philadelphia Woman’s Conviction Overturned in 2009 ‘Sex For Phillies Tickets’ Case

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.



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  • Solid Citizen

    Another overzealous, brainless prosecution…. At least a judge with common sense. a minor win for personal liberty

    quo warranto, B.O.?

  • cm

    millions of women agree to trade sex for jewelry, dinner, or having their bills paid by men. the ONLY difference is that there is no spoken agreement for the trade.

    how is this any different?

  • Dan

    I wonder how she paid her lawyer?

  • nick

    This is Awsome!! Gotta love this country. Thumbs up to her !!

  • gryphon

    People are always wondering what’s wrong with society.

    A big part of the problem is rewarding bad behavior. Repeatedly.

    Not only has she gotten ‘off’, but let us not forget that she managed to get to the Series game anyway.

    • Nick

      I say good for her. Who cares. Even if she was willing too do a little more too get to the World Series. It isn’t like she hurt anybody. It would of been a deal between two consenting adults. Selling is legal and sex is legal but selling sex isn’t.

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