Jodi Arias trial watcher punished for selling her seat in court

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

PHOENIX -- A frequent court-watcher at the Jodi Arias murder trial was booted Tuesday after she sold her spot in line.

Desiree Lee, who attends court a couple of times a week, said she sold her prime spot in line to a tourist from Michigan for $200.

"She wanted a seat. She offered people money. They all said no. I said yes," Lee said. "I didn't know I was going to get in trouble."

The two exchanged cash in an elevator to keep others from witnessing the transaction, but someone reported them to court officials.

A deputy told Lee to move to the back of the line.

"I was in seat 20 and she was in 30," Lee said. "They took 27 in so she knew she wasn't getting in."

Lee's aunt, who has been at the trial from the first day, was also asked to leave for a while, even though she played no role in selling her niece's seat.

People from around the country line up at the courthouse before dawn each morning. At times the line is 60 people deep.  Usually only around 20 to 25 members of the public are allowed in for the morning session. They rotate out for the afternoon session.