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Bail Bonds, Ticket Scalpers and a Murder Trial

Monday, April 29, 2013

ticketsWhat is the hottest ticket in town these days?  Is it a ticket to an NBA playoff game? Nope.  Is it a ticket to the NFL Draft?  Nope.  Is it a ticket to the new Cirque de Soleil show?  Absolutely not.  Surprisingly, the hottest ticket right now is one to a murder trial.  Yes, we are talking about the trial of Jody Arias taking place in Phoenix, Arizona.  The self-proclaimed “genius” (she claims to have an IQ as high as Einstein) that not only changed her story three times (and counting), but who also in a nationally televised interview confidently claimed that no jury would convict her (and by the way, she only murdered her boyfriend in self-defense by stabbing him 29 times, cutting his throat and shooting him in the head).

The trial has become a real must see reality drama.  As a public trial, the general public can sit in the courtroom and watch the trial in person.  The challenge is that there are very few seats available.  So like any public trial, the seats are provided on a first come first serve basis.  As you can imagine, that is like offering Cubs World Series tickets to only a couple dozen folks and not expecting some ticket line antics.  Anyway, just as you would expect the law of supply and demand took hold and soon people who were in line started selling their spots to the highest bidder.  Unfortunately for them, the criminal justice system doesn’t look upon ticket scalping as a positive thing, especially outside a courtroom.  Those that tried to game the system were reprimanded by the court.  They did not receive any jail time or need a bail bond, but they were required to pay the money back and lose their trial watching privileges.   The good news is that the trial is still available on television…and sometimes watching the big game, or big trial, on television can be just as good if not better.  That is of course if you have nothing better to do with your life.  Read the original article below.

Original article:  Tickets at major trials can go for $200 or more

Written by: Eric Granof