PHOENIX — Ticket scalping is nothing new in the sports and music world, but for a murder trial?
Dozens of people flock to court each day for a chance to score one of a handful of seats open to the public in Jodi Arias’ ongoing murder trial in Arizona. The seats are provided on a first-come, first-served basis, and nearly four months into the trial, the crowds are growing.
This week, one trial regular sold her spot to another person for $200 — and both got reprimands from the court on Tuesday.
Desiree Lee, a regular attendee, said another woman had traveled from Michigan to see the trial but couldn’t get a seat because she was too far back in line.
“She was asking a couple of people ahead of me if they wanted to sell their seats,” Lee, who lives in the area, told ABC15 in Phoenix. “I said yes because I can come every day if I wanted to ... I seriously didn’t know I was going to get in trouble.
“I’m a little embarrassed more than anything,” Lee added.
She says she was told to return the money. The purchaser kept her seat for free.
Court officials confirmed the incident. The court’s rules prohibit saving spots in line, and that’s why the woman was asked to give the money back, although she doesn’t face any sort of charges.
Read more in Thursday’s Arizona Daily Star and at azstarnet.com