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That Philly sex-for-World-Series-tickets lady had her conviction overturned

Dec 20, 2011, 3:42 PM EDT

Finkelstein

Remember Susan Finkelstein? Of course you do. She was the woman from Bucks County, Pennsylvania who was busted trying to trade sex for 2009 World Series tickets. She was acquitted on prostitution charges in the spring of 2010 but was convicted of attempted prostitution.

But now her conviction has been overturned and her name has been cleared! Basically!

The state Superior Court ruled Tuesday that since Finkelstein was cleared of the more serious prostitution count, she could not be convicted of attempt because the proof required to sustain both charges was the same. Also, the court noted, Finkelstein was not engaged in “sexual activity as a business” and said the crime of prostitution was not intended to “criminalize private illicit sexual relations.”

Thank God for that. Because if it wasn’t for private illicit sexual relations, some of us would have no sexual relations at all.

  1. 12strikes - Dec 20, 2011 at 3:48 PM

    First it was copy write laws, now prostitution. If you have any stories about someone trying to copy write prostitution…. then I would be interested.

    • pjmarn6 - Dec 20, 2011 at 6:35 PM

      It it was a crime to use sex to get what a woman wants, half the nation would be in jail.

      • bigleagues - Dec 20, 2011 at 7:26 PM

        ONLY half?!

      • paperlions - Dec 21, 2011 at 6:56 AM

        I think he meant 1/2 as in, about 1/2 the population is female….but yeah, both ends of that transaction are illegal….so…far more than 1/2….pretty much everyone over the age of 18 has been in at least one of those deals.

  2. spudchukar - Dec 20, 2011 at 3:48 PM

    Something tells me they were not the best seats.

    • baseballisboring - Dec 20, 2011 at 9:41 PM

      I might give her some front row seats to a Pirates spring training game…

    • stumblebum76 - Dec 27, 2011 at 3:27 PM

      She didn’t offer the best bait.

  3. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Dec 20, 2011 at 3:56 PM

    Nice out-of-style hairdo. You sure this wasn’t for 1980 World Series tickets?

    • stex52 - Dec 21, 2011 at 8:38 AM

      Maybe that’s why I thought she looked good. Showing my age.

  4. uyf1950 - Dec 20, 2011 at 4:04 PM

    Hopefully she looked better on the actual day then she does in that picture. Because if she didn’t the guy was robbed.

  5. cup0pizza - Dec 20, 2011 at 4:07 PM

    utleyshair had to finally get laid somehow, I guess.

    • El Bravo - Dec 20, 2011 at 5:35 PM

      snap

  6. sportsdrenched.com - Dec 20, 2011 at 4:08 PM

    Remember? This is the first I’ve heard about this. Stupid work & responsibilities getting in the way of reading baseball blogs all day.

    • genericcommenter - Dec 20, 2011 at 6:16 PM

      Live a little. Life is short. Spend it with your loved ones on HardballTalk.

  7. blueintown - Dec 20, 2011 at 4:09 PM

    Bill Conlin would like you to know this is only the second most disturbing sexually related crime story in Philadelphia today.

    • drmonkeyarmy - Dec 20, 2011 at 4:17 PM

      Seriously, where is the thread about that?

      • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Dec 20, 2011 at 4:46 PM

        About what? Do tell.

      • blueintown - Dec 20, 2011 at 5:04 PM

        Stairs – He resigned today, being accused by four (three girls, one boy) of molestation when they were children.

      • blueintown - Dec 20, 2011 at 5:04 PM

        http://www.philly.com/philly/news/breaking/20111220_Four_say_Philly_Daily_News_writer_Bill_Conlin_sexually_abused_them_as_children.html?cmpid=125219969

      • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Dec 20, 2011 at 6:07 PM

        Has the whole world gone crazy? Wow.

    • jwbiii - Dec 20, 2011 at 5:02 PM

      Here’s the Conlin story.

      http://www.philly.com/philly/news/breaking/20111220_Four_say_Philly_Daily_News_writer_Bill_Conlin_sexually_abused_them_as_children.html?cmpid=125219969

      Nasty stuff.

      • koufaxmitzvah - Dec 20, 2011 at 5:21 PM

        Wow. He’s in the Hall of Fame.

        Does he get an asterisk? His own section?

        I’m wondering about all the writers consciousness.

        Oh, that’s right. Touching children doesn’t make you a better writer. Drinking does.

      • koufaxmitzvah - Dec 20, 2011 at 5:23 PM

        *Not consciousness. Concientiousness. Or whatever.

      • paperlions - Dec 20, 2011 at 5:48 PM

        No, there is no such thing as a HOF sports writer. They get an award that is displayed in the museum part and they refer to each other as “HOF sports writer so and so” but they are not HOF anything…..just old dudes given awards by other old dude friends.

      • jwbiii - Dec 20, 2011 at 6:30 PM

        Henry Chadwick. But the rest of them, what paperlions said.

      • Francisco (FC) - Dec 20, 2011 at 6:32 PM

        .just old dudes given awards by other old dude friends

        So Jeff Bridges is part of the HOF?

      • paperlions - Dec 20, 2011 at 6:33 PM

        Yes. Yes, he is.

  8. Ben - Dec 20, 2011 at 4:18 PM

    Is it legally prostitution if it’s exchanged for something other than cash? If it’s in-kind I thought it couldn’t be considered prostitution. I suppose it varies by state though.

    • b7p19 - Dec 20, 2011 at 4:26 PM

      Derek Jeter hopes it’s only prostitution if cash is the reward.

    • dennycraneesq - Dec 20, 2011 at 4:30 PM

      The important question is, would there be sales tax?

    • Old Gator - Dec 20, 2011 at 4:49 PM

      Will work for food?

    • jwbiii - Dec 20, 2011 at 5:10 PM

      What I find most interest about this situation is that the judge ruled that “the proof required to sustain both charges was the same.” If that is true, why would there even be an attempted prostitution statute on the books?

  9. Jonny 5 - Dec 20, 2011 at 4:23 PM

    This always reminds me of a scene from one of my favorite movies.

    Barry Badrinath: It’s $10 for a BJ, $12 for an HJ, $15 for a ZJ…
    Landfill: [Interrupting] What’s a ZJ?
    Barry Badrinath: If you have to ask, you can’t afford it.
    Steve “Fink” Finklestein: [Trying to persuade Landfill] I’ve got $4.

    • clevelandrocks1 - Dec 20, 2011 at 10:57 PM

      Who’s Barry Badrinath?

  10. 187onsandusky - Dec 20, 2011 at 4:29 PM

    Das BOOT!

  11. 187onsandusky - Dec 20, 2011 at 4:30 PM

    He’s got the eye of the Jew. Fink’s our anchor, he’s got the eye of the Jew

    • Jonny 5 - Dec 20, 2011 at 4:33 PM

      http://www.randomblogette.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/i-of-jew.jpg

  12. paulsdamnblog - Dec 20, 2011 at 4:47 PM

    The reaction in Philly today was tremendous… Here’s highlights of the court proceedings.

  13. bloodysock - Dec 20, 2011 at 4:47 PM

    Now if her STD could also be cleared.

  14. thetruth1313 - Dec 20, 2011 at 4:47 PM

    One of the funniest movies ever!!

    - Welcome to Dippas may I take your order?
    - Yeah, give me a double-bacon cheeseburger
    - Double-Bacon Cheeseburger – its for a cop.
    - What the hell is that all about? What ya gonna spit in it now?
    - No, I was just telling him that so he makes it good

    • foreverchipper10 - Dec 20, 2011 at 6:19 PM

      That is Super Troopers. The above quotes are from Beerfest.

  15. winkeroni - Dec 20, 2011 at 4:51 PM

    Why not World Series tickets for cleaning my house? Why does it have to be sex? I am offended that women would just assume that all every guy wants is sex. It’s so hard to convince a woman that one’s heart is really in the right place. You try peering into their heart and soul and they accuse you of looking at them inappropriately.

    • Old Gator - Dec 20, 2011 at 7:14 PM

      That’s because in order to peer into a woman’s heart, you have to be staring at her….well, you know. It’s a no-win situation.

    • jwbiii - Dec 20, 2011 at 11:00 PM

      Even worse is if the most interesting thing about her is what’s written on her T-shirt and you can’t quite see it all.

  16. jphoops - Dec 20, 2011 at 5:17 PM

    Lol

  17. kyleortonsarm - Dec 20, 2011 at 5:36 PM

    THAT thing was trying to trade sex for tickets? Was she threatening to have sex with them if they DIDN’T give her the tickets? She is a butt ugly dog faced mongoloid. No thank you. I would pay her not to try and have sex with me.

  18. El Bravo - Dec 20, 2011 at 5:48 PM

    “Thank God for that. Because if it wasn’t for private illicit sexual relations, some of us would have no sexual relations at all.” – quote of the year right there courtesy of Craig Calcaterra.

    • Old Gator - Dec 20, 2011 at 7:16 PM

      Well, like the Sister told us in eighth grade, premarital sex can lead to some pretty awful things.

      Marital sex, for example.

    • mcsnide - Dec 20, 2011 at 8:37 PM

      But what does Calcaterra’s wife think?

  19. tardpalin - Dec 20, 2011 at 7:22 PM

    WHOH, I wouldn’t take her to a dog fight if she was the defendin’ champ!

  20. warrenlevine - Dec 20, 2011 at 8:47 PM

    When the writer (and I use that term very loosely) says, “Basically!” what the fark is he trying to say? That he’s a moron? That his editor wasn’t looking? That we aren’t paying attention to the fruits of his labor? Or that he just can’t speak his own native language well enough to make a cogent sentence? I kinda think all of the above.

  21. unlost1 - Dec 20, 2011 at 9:45 PM

    did they win the game? i think i got lost in the story & all the comments.

  22. spytdi - Dec 20, 2011 at 10:16 PM

    I think you should do the right think and remove her picture from your website, although if I had an extra set of playoff tickets and wanted something in return…

  23. bbk1000 - Dec 21, 2011 at 5:44 AM

    This case took a twist when it was discovered she was actually trying to give the tickets away in exchange for sex, and found no takers.

    One fan who desperately wanted to attend a game yet declined providing sex to this sloth in exchange for the tickets was quoted as saying “there isn’t enough beer in the state”.

  24. stex52 - Dec 21, 2011 at 8:44 AM

    oh yeah, I forgot this is the same crowd that thinks Cameron Diaz is over the hill.

  25. shea801 - Dec 21, 2011 at 9:20 AM

    “Thank God for that. Because if it wasn’t for private illicit sexual relations, some of us would have no sexual relations at all.”

    Being a married man, I have private illicit sexual relations with myself….

    Now I has a sad :(

    /bad jokes are bad
    //try the veal

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