The New York Yankees have won their 27th World Series championship and are now looking to lock up some key free agents in hopes of defending the trophy. However, the title of this article has nothing to do with the Yankees defending their title and winning number twenty-eight. Those of you who watch the show “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” may already be familiar with a similar World Series defense used in a Philadelphia court of law by Dennis Reynolds; however this World Series defense is completely different.
This World Series defense stems from the actions of an over eager Philadelphia fan who is using the Phillies World Series appearance as part of her defense against a misdemeanor charge of promoting prostitution from an advertisement on Craigslist.
Susan Finkelstein, a 43-year-old University of Pennsylvania graduate student, wanted to take her husband to a World Series game between her darling Philadelphia Phillies and the New York Yankees. Mrs. Finkelstein wanted to get tickets for game one of the World Series so badly that she posted an advertisement on Craigslist describing herself as a “buxom blonde” looking to meet up with someone to discuss getting tickets to a World Series game. Unfortunately for Finkelstein, an undercover officer responded to the ad and arranged to meet her in a suburban Philly bar on Tuesday, October 27th. The two had a few beers and discussed Finkelstein’s ideas about a ticket exchange. The specific facts about what was said at the table between the two are unclear as both sides have different accounts.
According to Finkelstein’s attorney, William J. Brennan, the Craigslist ad may have dropped double entendres but never explicitly offered sex. Brennan said, “If somebody read into that posting a sexual connotation, that’s on them. There’s no overt sexual reference.” Mr. Brennan also said that his client was “a nice lady overcome with Phillies fever.” Finkelstein told the Associated Press that she was hoping to get cheap tickets, as she had in the past. “Maybe meet someone, and talk, and bat my eyelashes and maybe get some tickets.”
On the other side, the prosecution believes the advertisement on Craigslist and the conversation with the undercover officer at the bar clearly show Finkelstein’s true intent. The officer said that she never offered him any money for the tickets, but declined to further elaborate on the conversation and the offer.
Finkelstein has a preliminary hearing in Bucks County Pennsylvania on December 3rd. In the mean time, the notoriety and press, although embarrassing, has given Finkelstein and her husband some positives. A radio station and car dealer offered her and her husband a pair of tickets to a weekend game of the Phillies. Other reports have her and her husband attending game three of the World Series, but failed to mention how she got the tickets.