Court Rebukes Spectators For Selling Seats To Hearing

May 2nd, 2013

Alas, it was not the Supreme Court.

A regular spectator sold her seat at a high-profile Arizona capital murder trial for $200, to a woman who was farther back in line.

But Maricopa County court officials overseeing the Jodi Arias murder trial arrangements found out and scolded both women, the Associated Press reports. Desiree Lee, who sold her seat, was also told to give the money back, and the unidentified purchaser was allowed to keep the seat for free.

While many courts have thought to make rules prohibiting the sale or transfer of scarce spectator seats in trials that have sparked public interest, the practice is common, observers said.