Sex-for-Series tickets conviction tossed

Dec. 21, 2011 at 7:09 PM
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PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 21 (UPI) -- A Pennsylvania judge has overturned an attempted-prostitution conviction for a woman accused of trying to trade sex for World Series tickets.

The Superior Court of Pennsylvania ruled Tuesday the third-degree misdemeanor conviction of Susan Finkelstein, 45, in March 2010 was invalid, the Philadelphia Daily News reported.

"The crime of attempt is subsumed in prostitution," the court's ruling reads, "and inasmuch as she was acquitted of prostitution, she may not be convicted of attempt."

"Obviously, the vindication is a good feeling," Finkelstein told the newspaper. "Although it is bittersweet just to come to a conclusion that we knew from the start, that I did not commit a crime."

Finkelstein posted a Craigslist ad in fall 2009 reading: "Desperate Blonde Needs WS Tix: Diehard Phillies fan - gorgeous tall buxom blonde in desperate need of two World Series Tickets. Price negotiable -- I'm the creative type! -- Maybe we can help each other!"

Undercover vice officers saw the ad and set up a sting operation. Finkelstein was arrested when she offered the officers sex in exchange for the tickets.

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